Ok, I’m just going to come out and say it. No one else is so I will:
- The minimum level of qualification for any tutor delivering training at levels 1 to 2 (but probably including level 3 as well) is the National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) – otherwise known as the NCALNE (Voc).
- The TEC funds your job if you are a tutor in a training provider in New Zealand.
- Embedding literacy and numeracy into trades and any vocational training (read “everything”) is now business as usual as far as the TEC is concerned.
- This means that your organization – if they do any kind of training at levels 1 to 3 – needs tutors and other people who understand what it means to be embedding literacy and numeracy into other stuff.
- It’s not much of a leap then to realize that most tutors don’t arrive with this very specific skill set built in. They need to be trained themselves in what I have now started calling the baseline knowledge for embedding literacy and numeracy.
So what is the baseline knowledge for embedding literacy and numeracy? Well, I’ll get to that in a moment. But first, consider this as well from the TEC website:
TEC Funding Requirements
From 2013 organisations delivering SAC-funded provision must meet the following funding requirements for all Levels 1 and 2 provision:
- Organisations must offer qualifications with literacy and numeracy, and generic foundation skills embedded.
- Organisations must use the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool, to assess and report all SAC-funded learners at Levels 1 and 2, including pre and post learner assessments.
New Zealand now has a national infrastructure for literacy and numeracy. It includes the assessment tool mentioned in point 2 above as well as an implied basic skill set for tutors to do the embedding work mentioned in point 1.
The NCALNE (Voc) qualification training and credentialing process is the vehicle which we use to transmit the basic skill set required to do this work.
It’s not the be-all and end-all to embedding literacy and numeracy by any means. However, as a tutor or an organization, the NCALNE (Voc) qualification goes a long way to instilling confidence in your organization’s ability to deliver the goods noted above.
Baseline knowledge for embedding literacy and numeracy
So, what is the baseline knowledge for tutors embedding literacy and numeracy? There are seven key areas. The first two are things you need to know about. The rest you have to be able to do.
- The New Zealand context for literacy and numeracy.
- Maori literacy and numeracy
- Know the demands of your training
- Know your learners
- Know what to do
- Assess learner progress in literacy and numeracy
- Evaluate your work
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