Raising standards in English

Resources for English teachers

Boosting achievement through reading for pleasure – Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet)

Reading for pleasure can boost achievement in English from pre-Entry to GCSE and A level.  This is one of a set of case studies and top tips on how learning providers are using library resources to run the Reading Agency’s Reading Ahead programme and other reading activities.   

Boosting achievement through reading for pleasure – Uxbridge College

Reading for pleasure can boost achievement in English from pre-Entry to GCSE and A level.  This is one of a set of case studies and top tips on how learning providers are using library resources to run the Reading Agency’s Reading Ahead programme and other reading activities.   

Boosting achievement through reading for pleasure – The Manchester College

Reading for pleasure can boost achievement in English from pre-Entry to GCSE and A level.  This is one of a set of case studies and top tips on how learning providers are using library resources to run the Reading Agency’s Reading Ahead programme and other reading activities.   

Boosting achievement through reading for pleasure – Exeter College

Reading for pleasure can boost achievement in English from pre-Entry to GCSE and A level.  This is one of a set of case studies and top tips on how learning providers are using library resources to run the Reading Agency’s Reading Ahead programme and other reading activities.   

Boosting achievement through reading for pleasure – Westminster City Council

Reading for pleasure can boost achievement in English from pre-Entry to GCSE and A level.  This is one of a set of case studies and top tips on how learning providers are using library resources to run the Reading Agency’s Reading Ahead programme and other reading activities.   

News Release - Quick Reads and Unionlearn team up to address the UK's reading deficit

Quick Reads: The Other Side of You by Amanda Craig

Quick Reads: One False Move by Dreda Say Mitchell

Quick Reads: Looking for Captain Poldark by Rowan Coleman

Quick Reads: Dead Simple by Harry Bingham

Quick Reads: A Very Distant Shore By Jenny Colgan

Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL resources from Readwriteplus

Nationally developed Skills for Life resources These resources were developed over the period 2001 to 2010, to support the national Skills for Life Strategy and other Skills for Life developments. The documents and other resources were held on the Readwriteplus website which has now been closed.

Quick Reads 2016 learning resources: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (An Abridged Edition) by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

Quick Reads 2016 learning resource: The Anniversary: Ten Tempting Stories From Ten Bestselling Authors by Veronica Henry (editor)

Quick Reads 2016 learning resource: The Double Clue: Poirot Short Stories by Agatha Christie

Quick Reads 2016 learning resource: A Baby at the Beach Café by Lucy Diamond

Quick Reads 2016 learning resource: Too Good to be True by Ann Cleeves

Links to diagnostic assessment and learning material from Read Write Plus for English, Maths and ESOL (including audio files)

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Here you will find material migrated from the old Readwriteplus site .  This is sometimes known as the Skills for life material.

Interactive resources to use with learners

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Here there are a variety of activites to use with learners from entry level through to level 2.  These activites have been migrated from the old Readwriteplus, Move on and Key Skills Trainer sites.

Developing the personal language/literacy skills of teachers and assessors - Induction workshop

These blended learning materials help to develop the personal literacy & language skills of teachers and assessors.  They can support organisations delivering the Level 3 Award in English for Literacy / Language Teaching, as well as prepare candidates on such programmes. 

Masterclass 1 Reading

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Masterclass 2 Writing

Masterclass 3 Speaking

Summative Tasks and Workshops

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Initial and diagnostic assessment

Workplace Skills Check

On these pages you can access or download a range of skills checks (formerly known as screening) and initial assessment tools, suitable for working with English and maths learners in different contexts, in particular workplace settings. 

Literacy diagnostic assessment materials

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The materials are designed to assess all elements of the adult literacy core curriculum: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Also included are assessments of free writing, spelling error analysis and assessment of hand-writing. 

Improving initial and diagnostic assessment for functional skills

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The aim of this module is to explore initial and diagnostic assessment within functional skills.  It is aimed at practitioners who are teaching or supporting functional skills development on embedded and discrete programmes. It may also be useful for managers when planning functional skills provision. 

Diagnostic support: assessing the need for dyslexia support

These materials are intended to investigate specific difficulties experienced in literacy by learners who may be dyslexic. It is not an assessment for dyslexia. There are tools for assessing reading and writing skills: phonological skills, a copying task, a dictation task, and assessments of free writing, spelling and handwriting. The assessment material is suitable for learners from Entry 1 to Level 2. The outcome of assessment is used to determine or amplify the learner’s learning programme.

Planning

Adult Literacy Core Curriculum

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The Adult Literacy Core Curriculum describes the content of what should be taught in literacy programmes and sets out a clear set of skills required to meet national standards.

Adult Pre-entry curriculum framework

This interactive web service enables teachers to search and explore the Pre-entry curriculum. It is link to a site on the National Archive.

Integrating maths, English and ICT into apprenticeship programmes

The aim of this module is to enable practitioners to raise learner achievement by integrating the development of English, maths and ICT skills into vocational teaching and learning, including apprenticeships.

The integrated module is for work-based learning assessors and managers working in work-based learning settings; practitioners responsible for teaching and learning on vocational programmes; or managers at all levels who wish to engage in and plan for a culture of embedding in their organisation. 

Designing and delivering programmes using blended learning approaches

The aim of this module is to enable participants to raise learner achievement in English, maths and ESOL / functional skills by combining different, effective and complementary teaching and learning methods in an integrated, blended programme..  It will be of interest to work-based learning (WBL) assessors, and managers working in WBL settings; practitioners responsible for raising learners’ English, maths, ESOL and ICT levels across the FE and skills sector; and managers responsible for the planning of learning programmes and for learner achievement.

Target setting for functional skills

The module consists of two half day sessions: one face-to-face and one online session that will enable teachers, trainers, assessors and managers to set and quality assure SMART functional skills’ targets to maximise learner achievement in functional skills.

The face-to-face module is for managers; The online module is aimed at staff delivering / assessing functional skills.

 

Functional skills starter kit

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This starter kit aims to support providers in their delivery of functional skills by providing practical guidance and resources. It brings together existing nationally developed resources from the Functional Skills Support Programme, and the Being functional site, as well as some provider-developed resources produced through the LSIS Skills for Life Support and Support for Literacy, Language and Numeracy programmes.

Third sector toolkit

The Third Sector Toolkit is designed to support voluntary and community organisations so that you can respond to the literacy, language, communication and numeracy skills needs of your service users, staff and volunteers.

The kit is directed mainly to those voluntary and community organisations which are not currently mainstream providers of education and training, and whose specialisms are outside the formal education sector.

Delivering teaching and learning

Creative and holistic approaches to English at Entry Level

The aim of this module is to develop a holistic approach to the development of English at Entry Level using creative and learner-centred techniques.

The anticipated audience for this module is English and functional English teachers teaching Entry Level learners.

 

Using ICT to support the development of English and maths skills

The aim of this module is to enable participants to explore and use ICT as a core means of raising learner achievement in English, maths and ICT. 

It will be of interest to work-based learning assessors and managers working in work-based learning settings; Practitioners responsible for raising learners’ English, maths, ESOL and ICT levels across the FE and skills sector; and Managers responsible for the planning of learning programmes and for learner achievement.

 

An introduction to teaching English and maths together

The purpose of this module is to highlight the mutually dependent relationship between English and maths in real world vocational contexts.

It is aimed at teachers, managers and assessors of vocational subjects and English, maths and ESOL subject specialists.

Approaches to the formative and summative assessment of functional skills

The aim of this module is to explore a range of approaches to assessment for learning that help identify learners’ progress in relation to solving complex problems independently.

It will be of interest to practitioners who are teaching or supporting functional skills on embedded and discrete programmes. 

Embedding literacy, language and numeracy starter kit

The aim of the Embedding LLN Starter Kit is to provide support and guidance on the embedding of LLN for less experienced providers. It aims to support developments that will improve the quality of your embedded LLN offer and improve learner success.

Flexible models starter kit

This starter kit provides support and guidance, information and resources for developing and delivering flexible models of delivery for literacy, language and numeracy (LLN). It includes the development of blended learning approaches.

Employability starter kit

This kit supports those who are developing employability provision in response to learners seeking work, those at risk of redundancy and those who are in work but need to improve their skills to sustain their employment and make progress.

Interactive literacy resources

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These interactive resources cover a selection of literacy skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening - from Milestone 7 of the Pre-entry curriculum framework, through the Entry levels to Levels 1 and 2. Each file introduces the topic, with a clear explanation, then gives practice, followed by a re-cap, with tips, at the end. 

Literacy teaching and learning materials

This set of materials is designed to provide an exemplar of teaching literacy to adult learners, from Entry 1 to Level 2. Included are learner materials and teacher notes.

These materials will be of interest to a wide range of teachers in all settings, including Skills for Life, functional skills and key skills teaching and learning.

Embedded materials

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These embedded learning materials exemplify how to integrate the teaching of relevant literacy, language and numeracy skills with the teaching of particular vocational, employment-related or community topics.  These materials will be of interest to a wide range of teachers in all settings, including Skills for Life, functional skills and key skills teaching and learning.

Vocational, employability and community teachers will find useful resources in the embedded learning materials.

Developing speaking and listening skills with offenders

Developing speaking and listening skills with offenders is an extensive resource to develop speaking and listening skills. It will support staff working with offenders for whom English is a first language. It was originally written in 2006 and was refreshed in 2012.

Skilled for Health

Skilled for Health was a national programme that embedded Skills for Life learning into health improvement topics. It aimed to address both the skills and health inequalities prevalent within traditionally disadvantaged communities.

Supporting dyslexic learners in different contexts

The aim of this module is to raise awareness of dyslexia in a range of adult contexts and to raise awareness of issues of equality and diversity. It is aimed at teachers, managers and assessors of vocational subjects who are planning to support learners who may be dyslexic.

Dyslexia starter kit

The Dyslexia Starter Kit aims to help you review your provision for dyslexic learners, or to help less experienced providers develop dyslexia support from scratch.