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Initiative in Lancashire with the BBC’s Reading and Writing Programme Pays Off

As the BBC’s autumn literacy campaign gets into full swing, they have received a great deal of co ““ operation.

In an effort to drive forward with their mission to further enhance the life / basic skills of the adult learners of Lancashire, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) in Lancashire in conjunction with Learndirect will support the initiative throughout its” course to drive up adult literacy levels in the area.

The BBC Reading and Writing (RaW) initiative, said by the BBC to be “the biggest adult literacy campaign the BBC has ever undertaken”, was launched on the 1st of October, and will see many entertainment favourites from the Beeb feature in the drive. It is expected that popular shows Eastenders and Doctors will both feature relevant plotlines in the coming season. This weekend also saw the BBC broadcasting a Test the Nation literacy special. Viewers will be able to take part in their own quizzes and games at the end of the programme as part of RaW online.

LSC Lancashire On RaW

Steve Palmer, executive director of the LSC in Lancashire, said, “RaW is aimed at adults who want to improve their reading and writing skills. RaW will offer free resources, designed to inspire and engage.” These materials will be available free of charge from the BBC website which you can access by clicking here.

Mr. Palmer went on to say: “It will also offer a range of activities, many of which can be enjoyed in a single session and without supervision. However, if you”d rather get involved in person, you can visit one of the many RaW centres in the UK. You might even find that events are taking place in you local library. You will find information on local RaW events on the website.”

Mr Palmer also let us into his own world, telling us the element of the campaign he was anticipating with the greatest relish: “One of the events that I”m most excited about is the RaW pub quiz! The quizzes are kicking off in pubs all over the UK this October. Look out for them being advertised on your local radio station, and if you see or hear of one advertised, do go along and join in the fun!”

All of us at Fe News enthusiastically support this campaign, and I myself could be tempted to a quiz night!

Jethro Marsh

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