Free National Numeracy resources and games

Help the young adults, partner organisations, and others you work with to take the first step to improving their numeracy. Brought to you by National Numeracy, the same people who brought you the National Numeracy Challenge, Star Dash Studios is a free game which encourages 16-25 year-olds to practise their number skills and appreciate the value of everyday maths in the workplace - and sign-posts them to ways to learn.    

The action takes place on a movie set. You are a runner and it’s your first job in the film business. You must complete a series of challenges as you encounter members of the film crew - these missions involve everyday maths.    Whilst the game is available for free to anyone, it is primarily designed for 16-25 year olds, especially those who didn’t get on with school maths, feel anxious about it, or don’t see the point of it. And if you like runner games and are interested in films, you’ll love it too.  

Download the toolkit and promotional materials for free at https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/star-dash-studios 

World Book Night and Quick Reads

The Reading Agency has announced new plans for World Book Night which will be on 23 April 2017. The book giveaway will be more targeted next year, with the Agency working closely with care homes, youth centres, colleges, prisons, public libraries, mental health groups and other charities to match books with new readers.

This year's Galaxy® Quick Reads 2017 are also now available.

Quick Reads are for Entry 3 and Level 1 adult readers. They are good for book clubs, using with literacy or ESOL learners and for encouraging reading. There is also a “Reading Ahead” challenge where adults pick six books and record their reading in a diary to get a certificate (previously known as the Six Book Challenge).

 Download the learning resources for Quick Reads 2016  and 2017 books  

Skills for Life Third Sector Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to support voluntary and community organisations to respond to the literacy, language, communication and numeracy skills needs of service users, staff and volunteers.

Literacy, Language and Numeracy (LLN) lie at the heart of voluntary and community activity, playing a vital role in community cohesion, health and well-being, access to services, information and communication, understanding of each other and the world around us, enjoyment of life, organisational development and sustainability. The lack of these skills can impact heavily on individuals, on their confidence and self-esteem, their ability to find work, to manage money, to assert themselves and to achieve the best for their children and families.

The Toolkit contains information on policy, idenitfying options and developing routes to success. It also has case studies of Third Sector literacy, language and numeracy, and a section on Continuing Professional Development.

Access and use the toolkit

Free training at Foundation Online Learning

Check out a range of professional development and training at Foundation Online Learning, the online learning hub from the Education and Training Foundation. The resources are free of charge and include English and maths self-evaluation tools, and a course to help you improve the teaching of maths and English.

 Find out more   

Find out the literacy score of every ward in England

The literacy score is a new measure of literacy vulnerability which measures literacy need in every electoral ward and in each parliamentary constituency in England. It has been developed by the National Literacy Trust and Experian. The results show that 86% of English constituencies have at least one ward with urgent literacy needs, and that low literacy levels aren’t restricted to regions with low income, employment and social deprivation. The constituency with the greatest literacy need is Middlesbrough, followed by Barking, Hackney South and Shoreditch, Liverpool (Walton) and Sheffield (Brightside and Hillsborough). 

Find the literacy score for your area  

Free English and Maths resources from Open University

Free online badged Open Courses are available from the Open University with no start or end date, so they can be studied at any time. On completion learners can download a digital badge which can be displayed on individual profiles, CVs and social networking sites.  Courses currently offered include:

  • Succeed with maths – Part 1
  • Succeed with maths – Part 2
  • English: Skills for learning

Download the materials from Open University

ESOL Materials

A new exhibition site brings together some of the most effective resources for ESOL available on the Excellence Gateway. Most of the resources were developed as part of government-funded projects that have now closed, including Move On, ReadWritePlus, and the Talent website.

Download the materials from the Excellence Gateway website