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Resources > Post-16 Publications > The National Survey of Adult Basic Skills in Wales

The National Survey of Adult Basic Skills in Wales (2004)

In 2004 the Basic Skills Agency commissioned BMRB to undertake a survey of the literacy and numeracy skills - in English - of adults aged 16 to 65 in Wales.

Survey findings are based on literacy and numeracy tests undertaken by 2,554 adults and on follow-up spelling and ICT tests taken by 1,503 of the same people.

The report below summarises data from the literacy, numeracy and spelling tests. The ICT data is not yet available and will be posted at a later date.

Headline results
  • Entry Level 1 Literacy 4%, Numeracy 7%
  • Entry Level 2 Literacy 3%, Numeracy 20%
  • Entry Level 3 Literacy 18%, Numeracy 26%
  • Level 1 Literacy 37%, Numeracy 25%
  • Level 2 Literacy 38%, Numeracy 22%

The target level of achievement for the National Basic Skills Strategy is Level 1. This survey indicates that in Wales:

  • the number of adults with literacy skills below Level 1 is 450,000 [25%]
  • the number of adults with numeracy skills below Level 1 is 980,000 [53%].
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The National Survey of Adult Basic Skills in Wales ward data 2004

The ward level data below is from this most recent survey. For a breakdown of each ward go to the LEA name and link to the data. Please also see the technical note below.

Ward data 2004
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Benchmark Information on the scale of need in different areas of Wales (2001)
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A separate survey of reading and writing skills in Welsh, of Welsh speakers, has been undertaken by Beaufort Research.
Assessing Proficiency in Reading and Writing Welsh
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