Useful Links

skills for life newsThe following websites contain information that will be of interest to teachers and managers of functional skills, maths, English, ICT and ESOL working in the FE and Skills sector.

Adult Skills for Life Core CurriculumAdult Skills for Life Core Curriculum
Nationally developed Skills for Life resources.
Basic Skills AgencyBasic Skills Agency
The Basic Skills Agency is now closed. Find out more by clicking on the link.
Diagnostic Assessment materialsDiagnostic Assessment materials
Skills for Life diagnostic assessment materials, available as PDF downloads. Please note that paper copies are no longer available.
Education and Skills Funding AgencyEducation and Skills Funding Agency
The Education and Skills Funding Agency has been set up by the government to fund and regulate adult skills training in England.
Education and Training FoundationEducation and Training Foundation
The ETF aims to raise the quality and professionalism of teachers and trainers across the FE and training sector.
Education Endowment FoundationEducation Endowment Foundation
An independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement.
Functional skills standardsFunctional skills standards
QCA Functional skills standards
Learning and Work InstituteLearning and Work Institute
Independent policy and research organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. Formed from the merger of NIACE with the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion.
Literacy TrustLiteracy Trust
Official website of the Literacy Trust. Contains a comprehensive section on dyslexia and learning difficulties.
National Association for Teaching English and Community Languages to Adults. Professional association for ESOL teachers. Provides a national forum for English and Community languages issues.
National NumeracyNational Numeracy
National Numeracy is an independent charity that focuses on adults and children with low levels of numeracy.
National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics
NRDC was the national centre dedicated to research and development in adult literacy, numeracy and language. It closed at the end of 2015.
Office for Standards in Education website. Ofsted is the inspectorate for children and learners of all ages in England.
Reading AgencyReading Agency
The Reading Agency is an independent charity working to inspire more people to read more. It is funded by the Arts Council and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.
Refugee CouncilRefugee Council
Refugee Council website. Useful information for Refugees and Asylum Seekers and for those supporting them.
OECD online portal containing 20+ interactive skills data visualisations, skills policy recommendations, videos and 40 country pages containing data, local case studies and national skills strategies.
Union LearnUnion Learn
Trade Union Council Learning website. Contains a Skills for Life section and hub.

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