functional literacy

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The level of literacy necessary to cope with the demands of everyday adult life, and to function effectively both socially and in the workplace. While difficult to define in absolute or universal terms, national levels of functional literacy have been a subject of concern in a number of White Papers, which have raised the issue of pupils leaving compulsory education without having acquired the literacy skills necessary to secure employment or to contribute fully to society and to the economy. Part of the reason for the introduction of key skills across the 16–19 curriculum in 2000 was to address this problem by providing continued support in literacy skills beyond the age of 16. See also basic skills.

Subjects: Education.

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