Resources to support GCSE English and functional skills English
Gatehouse Books introduce 2 new series for Literacy and ESOL learners. Walt’s Adventures and What’s Your Story? Series are printed with full colour photographs in a comic book style. Skills for Life Network members benefit from 10% discount on the Gatehouse Books website.
We have phonics resources suitable for Entry Level Functional Skills and ESOL learners. There are two books: Resources for Older Learners and Stories for Older Learners, available as spiral bound books or as downloads. There is also a set of 54 decodable reading books, with accompanying support materials, available to purchase as downloads.
Specialist provider of resources for adult beginner readers, Entry level English and ESOL learners, and the award-winning tool to teach reading, Yes We Can Read.
This free online platform from the National Literacy Trust offers weekly activities and resources that will help young people build new skills and improve their literacy during lockdown. Topics range from comedy writing and CV planning to freestyle football and beatboxing, and there are free audio-book downloads.
This project report describes how action research has been used to generate creative solutions to issues faced by learners retaking maths and English, and by adults taking them for the first time.
This booklet containing summaries of 12 projects which researched new approaches for teaching English in the post-16 sector is now available to download online. Project themes include: Oracy and visualisers –powerful classroom catalysts; Developing a reading culture and Developing resilience through teaching and learning.
BBC Bitesize has a suite of resources focused on adults returning to learning, which includes videos that aim to support people looking to develop their maths, Englsih and digital skills.
Free courses are available through a new online platform hosted on the gov.uk website, called The Skills Toolkit. The platform gives people access to free digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.
These free online courses from OpenLearn aim to provide an introduction to Functional Sklills English and Functional Skills Maths at Levels 1 and 2, while giving learners the opportunity to earn Open University digital badges.
A brief overview of what's on offer from Google, Microsoft and facebook to support remote teaching and learning both during the current COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
These three guides provide ideas and guidance for anyone involved in 16 -19 Study Programmes.
TED-Ed offers an extensive library of original video lessons on a wide range of topics, and provides an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons. It's free to use.
Reading Groups for Everyone (RGfE), an initiative from The Reading Agency, is the UK’s largest reading group network. Whether you’re already in a reading group, want to join one or are looking to set one up, RGfE can help. You can also join or set up a virtual reading group.
This BBC website aims to explain the world of work, with advice from people who've found the right path for them, and useful sections on CV writing and interviews.
The new Post-16 Phonics Approaches Toolkit from the Education and Training Foundation is now available to download from the Excellence Gateway website. The toolkit introduces resources created specifically for adult learners, explains how to put post-16 phonics approaches into practice in different settings, and explores how to adjust pace and sequence.
This free online course from FutureLearn aims to give you practical tools and theoretical insights to help dyslexic students learn second languages. It is designed for teachers of ESOL and additional languages and for anyone with an interest in dyslexia and language learning.
Commuters in London now have another way of passing the time - with short stories, grabbed from a vending machine. Written by famous authors past and present, the stories are printed out on slips of eco-friendly papyrus paper and are free to all.
The National Literacy Trust and Penguin Talks have produced a free teaching resource inspired by Michelle Obama’s bestselling memoir, Becoming, that aims to boost learners' literacy skills, leadership abilities and confidence.
The third editions of Making Britain Numerate and Making Britain Literate contain additional worked examples and resources which help support achievement of functional skills and GCSE, and can be used as self-study guides and/or in-class support.
These stories and multimedia resources can be used by friends, family, tutors, libraries, enrolment, and of course learners themselves. Whether it is getting back in to education in the first place or looking at how you might progress in what you are doing, there is a story.
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