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You'll see we have a news item on the 3 out of 5 maths challenge, which has been designed by prisons for prisons, to encourage learners to develop their maths skills and confidence outside of the classroom. See below to read more about the challenge and to discover the range of maths resources available to you on the Offender Learning Exhibition website.

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BookBenches pop up across Manchester
The Read Manchester BookBench trail has officially opened! 58 benches shaped like open books will be on display at cultural venues across Manchester all summer, as part of the Read Manchester campaign.

GCSE Reforms - new web page
The DfE has a new GCSE webpage which provides information for students, parents, employers and those who work in education. It explains why the GCSEs are changing, when they are changing, why the grading scale is changing, how the new grades align with the A* to G scale and the difference between a standard and a strong pass.

Learners at HMP Feltham win maths challenge
HMP Feltham has beaten off competition from 23 prisons to win the 3 out of 5 maths challenge shield for 2016/17.

News from the OTLA North East & Cumbria
The latest news from the Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment North East & Cumbria is now available to read online. The OTLA is enabling groups of education and training providers to access collaborative development grants to investigate and develop teaching, learning and assessment approaches for the benefit of learners.

Reading Well Scheme
Available from English public libraries from July 2017, the Reading Well scheme aims to provide millions of patients, carers and the general public with the tools to better understand and confidently self-manage their conditions.

Supporting maths and English learning in the workplace - a guide for union learning reps
This short unionlearn guide provides a short introduction, ideas for developing maths and English learning in the workplace and a list of useful resources for all reps to utilise in the workplace. It will also prove useful for anyone involved in workplace learning.

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