UK Government, Charities & Agencies

Important and useful UK sites

in2wrk Adult Education

Submitted by John Callaghan on Thu, 2016-11-10 22:00

in2wrk is an adult education company offering free Maths, IT and English courses for adults. With 8 UK-based learning centres, in2wrk also offer job seeking support, such as; C.V. writing, how to search for jobs online and interview advice.

National Numeracy

Submitted by National Numeracy on Tue, 2012-09-18 12:16

The National Numeracy site has a great ’essentials of numeracy’ diagram which encapsulates the essential components in understanding numbers, the number system and the ways that numbers can be combined and used – to help learners decide on their own personal starting point and pathway to develop key skills in numeracy.

This is then broken down into 4 learning pathways – information handling and processing,

Adult Literacies Online (ALO) Scotland

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Mon, 2011-02-21 16:53

Adult Literacies online is the main online resource bank for the Scottish Government’s adult literacies programme. Also see The Scottish Government -lifelong learning pages for all the latest news on community learning and development in Scotland, development and training, pathfinder projects, learners zone, plus links to research and useful resources.

Life Long Learning

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Tue, 2011-02-15 19:17

Life Long Learning UK is the body responsible for the professional development of all those working in work-based learning; higher education; further education; community learning; and libraries, archives and information services. 100s free publications range from “Pedagogic Approaches to Using Technology for Learning” to “Workforce strategies for FE”. Information on professional standards and National Occupational Standards, apprenticeship frameworks, and more.

A wonderful site that has been around a long time. First hosted by Hammersmith College but now by the London Strategic Unit for the Learning and Skills Workforce (part of the NRDC – see our link page).

After registering (free) you have access to a huge range of downloadable teaching materials and links (for tutors to use with their learners and for tutor trainers).

DfES Standards Site

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Sun, 2011-01-30 23:29

The old DfES Standards Site for schools was huge, unwieldy and difficult to navigate. However, it did include many useful resopurces – not least the on-screen teaching applications for maths (interactive 100 squares, number lines, scales, and dozens more). The site has now been decommisioned by the new 2010 Government but has been archived.
All current policy and resources is now on the new Department for Education site – see our DfE link for more info.

A fabulous DfE funded site aimed at enhancing professional development in Maths teachers across all sectors and levels. There are news items, message boards, regular email magazines, stacks of resources and links to some very interesting blogs from maths teachers, etc.

I was introduced to this site in 2008 whilst studying for the Level 5 Additional Diploma in Teaching Mathematics and would now be lost without it. Becoming a member of the NCETM is an absolute must for anyone undergoing professional development in teaching numeracy/mathematics.

Excellence Gateway

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Thu, 2011-01-27 23:55

The LSIS Excellence Gateway is the now the portal to many adult education sites including including the old ACL (Adult and Community Learning), FERL (Further Education), Learning for Living ( for staff working with learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities in various contexts) and Read Write Plus sites.

There are hundreds of vocational and academic teaching and learning resources that, very helpfully, can be arranged by subjects (e.g.

Everything you need to know about UK curriculum reform, qualifications and assessment. Note QCDA will be closing in March 2011 due to changes by the new 2010 Government.

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