About ALNS

About Adult Literacy & Numeracy Services (ALNS)

ALNS was launched in 2016 to help school leavers, job seekers, students, workers, business people and retirees, as well as literacy & numeracy (L&N) teachers.  Working in the field between 2013-15, Fran noticed how government funding criteria can affect the quality of learning programs.  There are many cost-effective and high-quality L&N courses, teachers and institutions around the globe.  Sometimes, however, things can get squeezed in ways that affect those seeking help. 

Many people thrive in Australia’s government-funded adult education system.  Some, however, want a gentler-paced, more personalised and/or detailed approach.  ALNS provides relaxed, enjoyable, supportive and relevant learning experiences.  Whilst some people only want to do what they have to, others (believe it or not!) want to learn “properly”.


About Fran

Fran has been teaching adults since 2000 in large and small groups, and one-on-one.  Before then, she regularly trained people in workplace systems and computer programs.  She has always pursued multiple interests, including languages to beginner/intermediate level.  She is only fluent in English but these experiences help her relate to learners well.

Fran qualified as a Teacher of Adult Literacy & Numeracy in 2014.  She holds a Cert IV in Training & Assessment (TAE40110); a Business Degree (Strategic Marketing); and a Working with Children Check.  Over time, she has partially studied Chinese Medicine, Speech Pathology and Ministry (without finishing).  She has also mentored kindergarten readers and taught intuitive development since the 1990’s.  Together, these experiences help Fran to deliver customised, supportive and well-paced classes.  Fran is a member of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL); the NSW Adult Literacy and Numeracy Council (NSW ALNC); and the Specific Learning Difficulties Association of NSW (SPELD NSW).

A qualified strategic marketer and planner, Fran can also help business people develop their skills.  She has managed portfolios and supported management and staff in private and public sectors.  She has built and run her own businesses, and knows what this can involve.  As a literacy & numeracy teacher – general, workplace, academic or computer – Fran can help.


ALNS’ approach to L&N learners

In the 1970’s, Australian education departments decided that learning maths and grammar wasn’t so useful.  Many of today’s adults, therefore, weren’t given the chance to develop these skills well.  Not all schools followed this directive but many adults, now, aren’t as fluent as they would like.    

ALNS is 100% learner-focused – what we work on revolves around you.  Some people want input into class format; others don’t.  However you want to learn, for whatever reason, we meet to discuss your situation first.  From here, Fran develops a plan for your learning and confirms you are happy with that.  Whether you’re studying, unemployed, working, new to English or just needing help, there’ll be a few ways to approach your learning.  

ALNS aims to help adults and school leavers enjoy learning and achieving goals.  Not everyone wants to learn the details – amazingly, however, some do!  In 2018, Fran started working with organisations to enhance employees’ skills for work, too.  2019 also saw ALNS move into distance (and online) mentoring.  To discuss any of these areas, please get in contact.


If you live outside of Sydney or want to do a bit more research, contact the Reading Writing Hotline via enquiries@readingwritinghotline.edu.au or 1300 655 506.


ALNS’ buddying service for L&N teachers

Government funding and employment initiatives have radically reshaped adult L&N programs.  In many instances, it has seen the support provided to teachers (and students!) radically trimmed.  With this, pressure can mount to do even more work out of hours.  It’s concerning to hear of some teachers working all week – unpaid and unsupported – for less than one day in a classroom. 

In an industry born to empower others, these trends are concerning.  ALNS helps teachers, too (irrespective of their background).  It seeks to push back at excessive cost-focus that negatively impacts outcomes and lives.  There isn’t any point in offering programs that can’t actually get the learning well done. 

Working collaboratively, ALNS helps educators deliver as they know they can. As an L&N buddy, Fran works with the teacher to plan, prepare, assess or deliver lessons.  Her confidential, supportive and friendly manner helps people mentor as they know they should.  Her approach is strategic, customer-centred and focused upon quality outcomes.  This isn’t a service for handballing and running – what we put in, we manifest.  Fran’s eye for detail helps her notice gaps and opportunities; meet objectives; and avoid waste.  If you need help formatting, planning, assessing and/or validating your course, or just want a buddy, get in contact.


To discuss any of the above, contact ALNS via 0413 525 114 or learning@alns.com.au