Adult basic education is one of the most challenging and innovative areas of educational provision in Britain today. It covers basic literacy and numeracy for all adults, including those for whom English is a second language.
It also covers the related communication and coping skills which are an essential foundation for other learning or for autonomy in everyday life. It is based on principles of open access and learners’ rights to define their own learning needs and to take part fully in the decisions that affect their learning. There is a commitment to learner-centred methods including the right to individual tuition and to exploring new methods of learning which do not simply repeat or continue traditional schooling.