Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

One of the Best to Learn from the Rest

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

One of the Best to Learn from the Rest

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Top-performing Norway looks to UK on young adult engagement

When the first global survey of adult skills was published last year, it uncovered deep disparities in performance, with the UK lagging far behind the top-ranked countries.

But high-performing Norway, whose adult population (16- to 65-year-olds) scored significantly above average in literacy and numeracy, has now turned to the UK for help in engaging its young adults in education.

Norway was one of only three countries (alongside England and Cyprus) where the literacy of 16- to 24-year-olds was worse than for adults overall. But Norwegian educators are impressed with how the system in the UK engages some of the hardest-to-reach young people through community learning projects.

"We know we need to do something with this group of young adults," Jan Ellertsen, director of Vox, the Norwegian government agency for lifelong learning, told TES. …

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