Adult literacy

Madeline Held obituary | Education

My friend Madeline Held, who has died aged 76, spent much of her working life championing educational opportunities for adults who have been disadvantaged by their lack of literacy, English language or numeracy skills. For 20 years she was director of the Language and Literacy Unit in London, which she helped to develop from a small teacher support unit within the Inner London Education Authority (Ilea) to a national organisation supporting teachers of adults. The unit (later re-named LLU+ because…

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Mary Renshaw obituary | Education

A generation of south Wales social history formed the background to the life of my wife, Mary Renshaw, who has died aged 83. Born in Newport, south Wales, to Irene (nee Byrne) and Isaac Davies, she grew up in the pit village of Cwm just south of Ebbw Vale in Blaenau Gwent. Her father was a steel worker during a period when the second world war and the postwar economic boom brought prosperity to a region that had earlier felt…

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