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The Association for Teachers of Mathematics. ATM brings together nearly 4000 people worldwide who are concerned with mathematical education in primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, and universities. ATM works for change to relate mathematical education more closely to the powers and needs of the learner. The Association of Teachers of Mathematics produces policy statements and publishes its responses to National and Government initiatives. Links to teaching/learning resources can be reached here.
This site has been developed for Skills for Life tutors and
learners working at Level 1 in literacy and numeracy. The site is divided into two main sections. The 'Words' section is sub- divided into grammar, spelling, reading, writing and listening, whilst the 'Numbers' section is divided into whole numbers; measure, shape and space; fractions, decimals and percentages and handling data. The site has factsheets, interactive games and quizzes,
worksheets and tutor notes for every section. The BBC are currently developing a similar resource at Entry 3 than can be accessed via the home page.
Diagnostic assessment: Is the stage of the Learning Journey which follows Skills Check and Initial Assessment. Establishes learner's strengths and weaknesses .
This website is aimed particularly at those who teach literacy, ESOL and numeracy, either within discrete provision or embedded within another academic or vocational programme, but who are not specialists in the field of dyslexia.
Resources to support independent learning from NALA, based in the Republic of Ireland.
This document is intended to support those teachers and managers working in the offender learning and skills context (both within custody and the community) who are working with learners with learning difficulties or disabilities. You can download this document from this link.
This report from the National Literacy Trust, examines the link between literacy and offending, and briefly outlines findings from the available research. It shows that the evidence is inconclusive, and suggests areas for further exploration.
This site provides a range of resources and publications for purchase that
will support teaching and learning of mathematics, together with journals available to members.
This site provides useful information and materials to support learner engagement in maths. This site considers maths skills at work and at home, the maths curriculum, levels of learning, what a difference maths can make and reasons for improving skills.
This is a lively, interactive website which provides information and
guidance about the different aspects of personal and practical day to day
finance. It considers the financial practicalities for different stages
in life including becoming unemployed, returning to work, struggling with
debt and starting a business. The site has a Workshops section which includes
games and interactive tools such as an ATM machine, readable gas and electric
meters and chip and pin.
Move On offers a direct approach to promotion, engagement and delivery that highlights opportunity for all rather than need for some and encourages a move towards the achievement of qualifications in literacy and numeracy. The Move On website provides the opportunity for potential or existing learners to test their skills by having a go on line at a mini Literacy and/or Numeracy Test. Those who register as a member can have a go at up to twelve practice national tests. There are free resources available for teachers including the updated National Test Toolkit Move On with a National Qualification.
The National Association of Numeracy and Maths in Colleges. This site provides links to organisations, publications and resources to support the teaching and learning of numeracy and maths.
The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics is a major initiative funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to enhance professional development for mathematics teachers in all education sectors in England. This site provides resources to support the teaching/learning of maths including schemes of work and lesson plans. Additionally, it features links to useful websites and publications, educational reports, policy, reviews and case studies.
The Maths4Life project was undertaken by NRDC from 2004 to 2007. As a result the 'Thinking Through Mathematics' materials were developed for FE colleges. NCETM has taken this forward by publishing additional resources related to Thinking Through Mathematics',
available through download. These include booklets on individual topics: number, fractions, measurement, time and money and topic-based teaching and publications on numeracy research, policy and the pathfinder reports. Links here to additional resources through the NRDC website.
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education aims to encourage all adults to engage in learning of all kinds. They seek to achieve this through research, development and advocacy work. Quick Reads are bite-sized books by bestselling authors and celebrities, written especially for people who find reading difficult, unengaging or simply don't have time to pick up a book.
The Quick Reads campaign is run by NIACE.
The NLN Materials were originally developed as part of the National Learning Network (NLN) - a national partnership programme designed to increase the uptake of Information Learning Technology (ILT) across the learning and skills sector in England. The NLN Materials are small, flexible 'bite-sized' episodes of learning, available free to all authorised organisations in the post-16 sector. They are not whole courses but are designed to support a wide range of subject and topic areas. Initially for the benefit of further education and sixth form colleges, access to the NLN Materials has now been extended to Adult and Community Learning, and arrangements for access for other sectors are underway, starting with offender learning and work-based learning.
This site contains information about provision for offender learning and skills in England. There is a link to the OLASS site.
Offenderlearning.net supports the Offender Learning and Skills sector. It provides information, advice and guidance to those working in the sector, and is designed to complement the roll-out of effective e-learning and related support.
This strand provides support for those working with dyslexic learners in an offender setting. Modules include numeracy, reading, ICT, writing, speaking and listening, and organisation skills.
The post-16 citizenship resources include materials specifically focussed on the needs of 16-19 ESOL learners.
Motivating Skills for Life Learners to Persist, Progress and Achieve (also known as 'Stick with it!'), was a two-year national research and development project commissioned by the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA). It was led by the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC), in partnership with the National Institute for Adult and Community Learning (NIACE) and Tribal Education Ltd. The aims of the project were to increase the evidence base and to develop tools and techniques to support learners, practitioners and managers as they try to overcome the barriers to completion and continued learning. A range of organisations, including workplace, were recruited to take part in the development work during the second year of the project. Guidance and teaching/learning materials are available on the site.
Stick with it resources
Resources and guides developed by the Stick With It! Research and development project.
Stick With It! Resources include a CPD module in five sections, a pro-forma for an institutional learner persistence plan, a literature review on learner persistence, and supporting learners overr the summer break.
Stick With It: messages from the development projects (PDF document, 2.2MB)
Find out about the lessons learnt in the second year of the project.
Stick With It! Guides
This link will take you to the main Stick With It Practitioner Guide, a separate Introduction and 'How to Use the Guide' document, and a Guide to using ICT to support persistence among Skills for Life learners. The Practitioner Guide is divided into sections for managers, teachers, and learners, and also contains 36 case studies and a full reference section. Each section and subsection can be downloaded separately if preferred.
Useful references for practitioners and managers (PDF document, 68kb)
This document provides a list of publications and web links helpful to managers and teachers aiming to support learner persistence, progress and achievement.
Stick With It Research page
This link takes you to more detailed findings from the Stick With It project, and includes sections on terminology; systemic barriers; enrolment, induction and retention; initial, formative and summative assessment; attendance, motivation and drop-out; delivery, flexibility and personalisation; course design and pedagogy; ICT; supporting learning outside the classroom; pastoral support and IAG; workforce development; progression and employment; and identity and imagined futures.
Exciting new teaching and learning resources created with teachers, trainers and learners are available through the Teaching and Learning Programme. Subject area resources are aligned to the Diplomas as well as further resources to support teachers and trainers throughout the further education (FE) system.
The Standard section of the Tools Library website has been set up to provide details of the tools avaliable for standard users (for general purpose use in a range of contexts), including: Smart Move Skills Check tool (previously referred to as screening'); Initial Assessment (literacy and numeracy) tools.
For literacy, language and numeracy teachers, subject support staff and adult learner supporters. Who are these guidelines for? - This guide has been designed for all adult literacy, numeracy and ESOL staff involved in skills checking and initial assessment, including: frontline workers in, for example, Jobcentre Plus, voluntary and community organisations and the Probation and Prison Services.
The Learning Journey: This document is a simple guide to the various stages of the Learning Journey. It illustrates each of the stages, using the DfES definitions, and provides narrative explanation.
Professional classroom resources for teachers. Resources available to purchase - includes 8 free interactive presentations plus 8 more after registering. Functional skills resources available to purchase.
The Vital Link is an improvement programme for building and promoting libraries' capacity to support the Government's Skills for Life strategy, leading ultimately to a consistent offer for adult learners across the country and to the embedding of reading for pleasure in the Skills for Life curriculum. The Vital Link libraries and adult literacy programme, together with the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), have created a series of ideas packs for practitioners working with adults in a range of different settings including offender learners.
For 2009 The Vital Link has again produced a series of ideas for using the new Quick Reads titles in both formal and informal settings - Quick Reads: The Vital Link Guide 2009. These can be used by practitioners both to engage adults in reading and to support the development of reading and writing skills.
A series of 7 booklets providing information on aims, outcomes and benefits of implementing a Whole Organisation Approach to SfL. Each booklet focuses on case studies relating to different types of organisation: Voluntary and community; schools; prisons and probation; other learning contexts; further education; employers, work based learning. They include information on wide ranging systems, procedures and strategies which may be developed to support a successful Whole Organisation Approach.
The National Literacy Trust's pages on working with offenders, containing research reports and teaching resources.
Source: Skills for Life
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