Nationally developed Skills for Life resources

The Excellence Gateway is changing

On 31st January 2015 we will launch the new the Excellence Gateway.

The redeveloped site will have greatly improved search facilities and will be significantly more cost effective for the Education and Training Foundation to host and maintain enabling more money to be used to provide other support services to the sector.

The new Excellence Gateway will be different from the current version:

  • It will be a library of resources
  • There will be no webpages describing services or groups of products
  • All resources will be accessed through the search facility
  • You will be also be able to search and browse for resources using the filters, Audience, Curriculum area, Level, Resource type, Sub sector and/or Theme.

Currently the Excellence Gateway consists the main site with a series of linked legacy sites. As well as developing the new site infrastructure we are migrating useful resources from legacy sites such as this one.

You will still be able to access this site after 31st January until 31st March through the URL

On the 31st March 2015 this site along with all other legacy sites associated with the Excellence Gateway will close.

Once we have the new Excellence Gateway site launched we will be adding resources that have been commissioned over the past 18 months by the Foundation and developed by the sector through our programmes.

Look out for the new site live from 1 February 2015

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. Learn more about the resources available here

  • Literacy

    Skills for Life literacy generic 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.

  • Numeracy

    Nationally-developed materials that will continue to be of use to teachers. Included are: numeracy generic teaching and learning materials and a pdf version of the numeracy core curriculum.

  • ESOL

    English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). A range of nationally-developed materials that will continue to be of use to teachers. Included are: a pdf version of the ESOL core curriculum, an ESOL initial assessment tool, ESOL generic teaching and learning materials and materials for use with refugees and asylum seekers.

  • Embedded Learning

    These embedded learning materials examplify how to integrate the teaching of relevant literacy, language and numeracy skills in a range of settings Included are: Vocational settings, Employability support, Community settings, Health settings - Skilled for Health..

  • Interactive Materials

    These materials are interactive literacy and numeracy practice materials, designed to supplement teaching. Materials are included from Milestones 7-8 of the pre-entry curriculum framework, through the Entry levels to Level 2. 

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