Targeting adult literacy in the community

The International Academy successfully hosted a workshop aiming to raise awareness of the link between literacy and social inclusion across Europe, and the benefits of promoting a literate society.

The Grundtvig workshop was funded by Ecorys, the UK National Agency, and hosted 12 delegates from:

  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Turkey


The seminars and topic-specific workshops began on Monday 24 March 2014 and spanned 5 days to finish on the afternoon of Friday 28 March 2014. The week featured:

  • seminars delivered by expert staff from the School of Education Futures.
  • a half-day seminar run by an experienced literacy trainer from TLC College, Wolverhampton;
  • a half-day seminar and shared reading session looking at shared reading groups offered to community groups such as excluded children, dementia sufferers and the elderly;
  • working with poetry including a poetry slam;
  • a visit to a local primary school to view a drama and literacy workshop, followed by a half-day hands-on workshop on drama techniques for use in literacy work;
  • a visit to Wolverhampton Adult Education Services to observe current adult literacy classes. 

Delegates also looked at the effective use of ICT to support the development of literacy skills.