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The Equality and Human Rights site includes many useful resources including an easy read version of a new report on How Fair is Britain?
I’m finding the report a rich vein to plunder for all sorts of ESOL and literacy lessons. It would also be good for entry level Functional English.
Includes a huge, complete reading scheme (Stairway to Reading) aimed at struggling beginner readers (children – but there are no childlike graphics and almost all the resources are very suitable for adults). Includes a complete set of 40 phonic based lesson plans, flashcards, a huge (100+ pages) of related bingo games and a super 124 PDF of reading material ranging from CVC word lists to complex, multi-paragraph texts (up to to Entry 3).
The tutors’ corner provides excellent free guidance including preparing learning materials (PDF) to help make your resources and documents more accessible (with notes on good layout, fonts, signposting, plain English, and much more).
The Chalkface Project is a large provider of materials to UK secondary schools and colleges. One of their free samples (click on Basic Literacy Skills for 16+), which they will email you a link for, is a useful 12 page document that includes teaching tips, Dolch sight words and, for those of you that might be interested in improving the gender gap difference in success rates, there is a useful page on improving boys’ literacy. Many other samples are available for spelling, writing, etc.
An excellent site and labour of love from retired head teacher Derek Gillard.
Split into three areas covering: History of English schools from 660 to present day. Documents includes the full text of many major education reports from 1867 to 2001. These include the Crowther Report (15-18), the Warnock Report 1978 (Special Educational Needs), the Cockcroft Report 1982 (Mathematics Counts), the Swann Report 1985 (Education for All) and other classics. All make fascinating reading.