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Marking Progress

About Marking Progress

Throughout the course of the Further Education and Training (FET) Strategy 2014-2019, the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) was commissioned by SOLAS to complete a number of research projects. The studies have resulted in evidence-based guidelines on inclusion across the context of Family Literacy, Numeracy and the inclusion of people with Intellectual Disabilities in the Adult Literacy Service. 

Marking Progress has the research into family literacy as its particular focus. It aims to work collaboratively with interested ETBs to resource the animation of locally relevant Family Literacy Guidelines.  

 Find out more about the project by watching our video. We would love to hear from you on any aspect of Marking Progress.

You can contact us below.


Watch the video to learn more

Ideas and resources

As part of the project we have gathered a range of resources and case studies related to Family Literacy. These include some examples from Education and Training Boards (ETBs) around the country.

We have also shared some information and course material on Building Resilience for you and your child.

For more resources, please see the ETBI FET Digital Library.


Find out more

Online workshops

Our current focus is on the Family Literacy guidelines and we would love your input. You can have your say by joining NALA at one of our upcoming online workshops on Family Literacy.

These workshops are for anyone who coordinates or teaches family literacy/learning across all sectors including ETBs and community and voluntary organisations.


Sign up to a workshop

Meet the team

Eleanor Neff

Eleanor Neff

In addition to my role on the Marking Progress project, I also work as a literacy tutor with NALA. I have worked in the area of adult education for 20 years, with a specific focus on literacy work for the last 13 years including family learning and ESOL. Recent work as a substitute teacher at both primary and secondary level has increased my knowledge of the current school system in Ireland and the needs of parents / guardians in the area of family learning.


Toni Lambe

I have been involved with adult literacy since the early 1990s when I trained as a volunteer tutor. I have worked as tutor, tutor trainer and adult literacy organiser during this time. In addition to my role on the Marking Progress project I am currently in the final stages of a part-time PhD looking at the role of the adult literacy tutor in times of rapid policy change.

Contact us

If you have any queries or would like to learn more about the project email ahegarty@nala.ie

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