http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/blog/4169_could_do_better_latest_overview_of_adult_literacy_in_the_uk What has been the impact of the massive government investment in adult basic skills over the last decade? Has the National Literacy Strategy in schools raised the literacy levels of a new generation of school leavers? ....the statistics suggest that the approaches of the last decade have been successful in improving the literacy skills of adults who have already mastered the basics, whilst not impacting significantly on the 1 in 6 for whom the issues are more complex. Rather depressingly there was little variation between the 16-18 year old cohort literacy levels in 2003 and in 2011. Most of the 2011 cohort will have been pupils who experienced the first years of the National Literacy Strategy in their primary education. The fundamental challenge posed by the report is how are we to support the literacy of the 5.1 million adults (15%) who still read below the level the National Curriculum expects of 11 year olds? These seem to have been only slightly impacted by the push of the past decade. ......My blogs and http://englishspellingproblems.blogspot.com/2010/02/catching-up-is-hard-to-do.html explain why improving the weakest literacy levels is very difficult.