Literacy and Numeracy (Post-primary)

Welcome to The Literacy and Numeracy website 
for post-primary Schools

This site contains the resources used at our Leadership Seminars. It will be added to over time to include many resources that will support schools in implementing the Literacy and Numeracy strategy.

The Literacy and Numeracy Strategy is available to download at the bottom of this page.
A copy of Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life;The National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy among Children and Young People 2011-2020 is available to download at the bottom of this page.

Traditionally we have thought about literacy as the skills of reading and writing; but today our understanding of literacy encompasses much more than that. Literacy includes the capacity to read, understand and critically appreciate various forms of communication including spoken language, printed text, broadcast media, and digital media. 

Numeracy is not limited to the ability to use numbers, to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Numeracy encompasses the ability to use mathematical understanding and skills to solve problems and meet the demands of day-to-day living in complex social settings. To have this ability, a young person needs to be able to think and communicate quantitatively, to make sense of data, to have a spatial awareness, to understand patterns and sequences, and to recognise situations where mathematical reasoning can be applied to solve problems.

These definitions of Literacy and Numeracy are found on page 8 of the Strategy.  The two video clips below, which are shown at the Leadership Seminars, may help facilitate discussion on what it means to be both literate and numerate and the implications of this for teaching and learning in our schools.

Literacy for the 21st Century

What it means to be numerate

Karen Devine,
26 Oct 2011, 07:56