ICT, Literacy, Numeracy, Pre entry

The Skills Workshop site is one of the most useful and excellent resources I have come across when planning my teaching. The resources in literacy, numeracy and ICT are invaluable when planning teaching sessions.

With such a variety of ideas at different levels, especially for working with adults with learning difficulties, the activities provide exciting activities which can easily be differentiated within a mixed ability group.

Thank you for such a great resource.

Sara Powell, Preparation for Life and Work, NPTC Group, Wales.

Thank you for a really resourceful site

Thanks for a great website with resources that give super ideas for motivating FS [Functional Skills] students.

Janice Finnis, Brockenhurst College

SEN (Special Educational Needs)

Dear Maggie, your site is unbelievable!

I just came across it. When I looked at the list of centres which use your site, I was amazed.

I am going to register but I wanted to tell you what an inspiration you have been. I just hope the enormous effort is worthwhile for you.

Barney Angliss,

Rydens Enterprise School

Barney Angliss

I just stumbled upon your page...

I just want to say THANK YOU!!

I’m so used to finding great things and then realizing that I have to pay to use the resource. I am an ESOL Teacher at a middle school and am often OVERWHELMED like many teachers with all that we have to do to reach all of our kiddos.

What a wonderful discovery and you have obviously put a lot of work into helping other teachers. So, THANK YOU! :)

Paula Vasquez


To whom it may concern,

Thank you for this site, it has been a great help for use within a course module we are undertaking at the moment. We are offering ICT tuition as part of a work related Learning 4 Module of an Applied Computing, Foundation Degree course in our final year and semester.

Your material hits the mark for us. It will greatly help the organisation and staff to whom we are offering ICT support on a voluntary basis.

Thanks again,

Mark Bowers and Johnny Wan

Mark Bowers and Johnny Wan

Hi from Michael, Shanghai

Dear Ms. Harnew,

I’m an English teacher in Shanghai, China. I recently found your website, and I have found soooooooooooo many good materials here, and my students like them…

The website is amazing and the materials are really impressive!

I saw your picture on the website. I noticed that there is a Chinese calligraphy with your name on it which is hanging on the wall. I assume that you must had been to China before. I respect that what you have done for this website over the past ten years, you are a great lady.

Michael Guo

Fantastic resources

I am supporting schools and training providers in delivering functional skills and have just stumbled upon your brilliant website.

At the moment I just want to leave a comment saying how fantastic the resources are and thanking people for their generosity. In the future I hope I will be able to persuade teachers to upload and share their resources.

Philippa Beagley


Wow, what a truly inspirational story (History of Skillsworkshop). I assumed it was owned by a large conglomerate in a similar way to Skillswise, etc.

I personally think it’s one of the most useful, invaluable resource banks available online.

Thank you!!!

Susan Vickers

Hugely appreciated

Thanks for the excellent service and downloadable resources, all are hugely appreciated.

The site helps takes the strain when I am looking for consistently good quality materials for my maths groups. The user friendliness of the site means I can even have a good chance of matching resources to individual learners in a timely manner.

I aim to upload some resources of my own in the future. Please carry on with the good work.

Steve Killigrew

Wonderful job

Thanks Maggie,

It’s an absolutely wonderful job that you do. I hope that in the future I might be able to hand over some tried and tested resources for Functional Maths.

All the Essential Skills tutors in [Strode] college are of the same opinion. Even if we don’t just pick up a session quite as presented, the site is brimming with ideas, information and handouts that stimulate, inspire and save loads of time!

We are indebted to you and all those who contribute.

Kindest regards,

Margy Cockburn

Ease of using the new site

Although I’ve written before, I wanted to say another thank you.

I couldn’t remember where I’d downloaded some useful resources but had the author’s name (Margaret Lagoyianni – thank you Margaret!). It was so easy to go to contributors and find what I needed. I’m not sure if the old site had this facility, but I’m glad this one does.

Thanks once again for all the hard work that went into the revamp.

Kind regards

Gill Kanga


I’d just like to reiterate the comments Judith made in March. I think whoever was responsible for designing the new site should be commended!

The resources have always been great, but they are much easier to find and the whole look of the website is fresh and uncluttered. A big thank you!

Kind regards

Gill Kanga

The new site

The new site is amazing. It took me a while to navigate but, as soon as I found the right buttons to click, I was really impressed by the speed, clarity and suggested links. On the old site I had to trawl through a load of resources which were not appropriate for either the subject I was researching, or the level of teaching.

Yes, it is different from the brightly coloured old site, but so clean and fresh and you can search for a particular subject and level very easily.

Linda Hoole

Resources are so much easier to find...

Hi Maggie,

I just wanted to say how much I like the new Skillworkshop site. Resources are so much easier to find with the clear, coloured tabs at the top of the home page and the drop-down choices under each section – I can find my way to the section I want so much faster than on the old site. The ‘more like this’ and ‘see also’ options are a real help.

The money you won from your well-deserved award has been put to really good use!

Thanks again for all the resources I’ve downloaded over the years.

Judith White

What a wonderful new web site!

The idea and content of Skills Workshop has been an inspiration and godsend.

Now it has got even better with a lovely clean fresh design and some ideas that are wonderful – the ‘more like this’ is really helpful.

So for Maggie, and all those involved in the new site, congratulations and good luck.

For all of us users let’s make it even richer by making a contribution.

George Wormald