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Dear fellow Skills Workshop contributors and site users,

I am very concerned about proposed cuts in ESOL funding. According to the new guidelines coming out the only students entitled to free ESOL lessons will be those on active benefits such as jobseekers allowance. Any other benefits that currently give entitlement will not do so in future. Furthermore, those who are dependent upon someone on benefits will also not be entitled to free lessons.

Here is a letter I sent to my MP Emma Reynolds in Wolverhampton.

Favourite downloads - March 2011

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Fri, 2011-04-01 08:37

The popular download statistics have not yet been reinstated but here’s a snapshot of some of last month’s most popular downloads.

Downloads March 2011 – TOPICAL


Linda Hoole’s Readwell Road adult reading scheme books have been a great hit since they first appeared on skillsworkshop last year. Site contributor Linda has now gone on and independently published the complete set of 48 books.

No Smoking Day (March 9th) resources

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2011-03-09 09:18

Since 1983, the second Wednesday of March has been assigned as No Smoking Day.

The following resources may be of interest.
E3-L1 Stop Smoking Functional English reading
E3-L1 The Cost of Smoking (money and time)

The No Smoking Day web site also has some excellent resources including PowerPoints, lesson plans and information sheets (available in English and Welsh).

New Site Live!

Submitted by Fonant on Thu, 2011-02-24 20:03

The new Skills Workshop website went live today at just past 4pm.

Many thanks to all those who helped with testing the site before it went live, and congratulations to Maggie for getting though the mammoth task of checking all the links and resources.

If you find any problems, or have any questions, please do contact us and let us know.


All 'Useful Links' now checked

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Mon, 2011-02-21 18:05

I have now checked all the auto-imported external links from the old Useful Links page. All 250+ links have been checked and many have been re-catalogued.

Recent Comments List Added

Submitted by Fonant on Fri, 2011-01-28 11:58

I’ve added a table listing recent comments added about resources and external links.

You can find the list from the “Recent changes” menu item, then by clicking on the “Comments” button. The page URL is /recent/comments

All resources now checked :)

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Sat, 2011-01-15 14:16

I have now checked and correctly catalogued all 1250 resources on this site. These are resources dating from April 2001 to July 2010.
I am now checking and cataloguing all the external links imported from the old site. If you spot any dead links or would like to suggest new links please let me know.

If you select an MSS1 or MSS2 curriculum element and click on it, the full description of the element will be given at the top of the search list.

Search auto-filters fixed

Submitted by Fonant on Mon, 2010-10-04 16:19

There was a problem with the search filter blocks, which was preventing most of the categories from displaying filters to help narrow down searches.

I’ve fixed this, and changed the look of the filter boxes so they stand out a bit better.

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