Literacy, numeracy and digital competence are mandatory skills across all areas of learning and experience and will need to be considered within all curriculum design.
It will be the responsibility of all teachers, across all curriculum areas, to develop and ensure progression in these skills. How literacy, numeracy and digital competence skills are developed in and across the curriculum will be decided at a local level and will fit with individual schools’ approaches.
To ensure that learners develop high levels of competence in these skills and have frequent opportunities to develop, extend and apply them across all areas, the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework and the Digital Competence Framework have been refined and continue to be available as supporting guidance.
You will notice structural changes to the frameworks with the skills now in progression steps in line with the Curriculum for Wales guidance. The content has also been updated to ensure consistency of approach with the new curriculum.
An interactive version of the frameworks will be available later in 2020.
Routes to literacy, numeracy and digital competence
The National Literacy and Numeracy Framework and the Digital Competence Framework are for all learners and have been designed to include a set of expectations for all children in Wales.
Both frameworks have been developed to include skills based on the Routes for Learning Routemap, which represents the earliest stages, or foundations of learning.
Routes for Learning materials support practitioners in assessing the early communication and cognitive skills of learners with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). It seeks to view the learner holistically and provide several pathways of development, as in A/B/C steps.
To date we have not made any changes to these early precursor skills within the frameworks. We intend to review this aspect of the frameworks later this year, and publish updated versions in Spring 2021.