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New Appointment for the Basic Skills Agency in Wales

The Basic Skills Agency have recently announced the appointment of a new Executive Director for Wales. Toni Schiavone will replace Rhiannedd Pratley, who is retiring.

Toni Schiavone will join the project over the summer, the first phase of which was launched in April 2001. Toni will be responsible for the implementation of the National Basic Skills Strategy for Wales, and moves up from her previous role as Assistant Director: Wales with the Agency.

The agency is responsible for the implementation of the National Strategy on behalf of the Welsh Assembly. This is a busy time for the project, with the second phase – Words Talk ““ Numbers Count – having been put into place in April of this year.

The strategy aims to provide a coherent approach towards raising the basic levels of numeracy and literacy amongst young people and adult learners alike. The project is a particularly important one in light of recent research undertaken by BMRB showing that some one in four adults in Wales have a low literacy level, with one in two possessing low numeracy levels.

Jethro Marsh

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