Welcome to the Excellence Gateway’s Starter Kits

The Education and Training Foundation is developing the Excellence Gateway into a valuable resource for the education and training sector. As the first part of this mission to improve the gateway as a major source of support for the sector, we have developed the concept of ‘Starter Kits’. These Kits focus on a particular theme or issue of major importance to sector providers. These Kits will include new and updated material, and the best content curated from the Excellence Gateway. Themed starter kits have been developed to support providers new to literacy, language and numeracy (LLN) to access guidance and resources to develop their provision. These kits will also be useful to existing providers who want to consolidate and update their knowledge and continue to develop their LLN practice.The starter kits reflect national strategy and policy drivers, and draw on a wide range of resources. Examples include self-assessment tools, CPD modules, training the trainer resources, case studies, provider-developed products and teaching and learning resources. Each starter kit provides links to relevant information and resources. ‘Making the most of…’ guidance helps providers make best use of specific resources. The starter kits also provide an opportunity to identify and prioritise development actions. The Whole Organisation Approach (WOA) framework offers guidance to providers and identifies the relevant starter kits to support different aspects of a whole organisation approach. You can work through the WOA framework, begin with any section of it, or go straight to the individual starter kits.

Functional Skills Starter Kit

This starter kit aims to support providers in their delivery of functional skills by providing practical guidance and resources. The starter kit is useful for managers, teachers and workplace assessors new to functional skills or in transition from adult literacy and numeracy provision, as well as those currently delivering functional skills.

Numeracy Starter Kit

The starter kit is organised into different sections. You can look at the sections in order or go straight to the ones that interest you most. There is also a questionnaire to help you ‘take stock’ so that you can decide on areas for development.

Starter kit for creating accessible learning materials

Created by JISC TechDis which was the leading UK educational advisory service in accessibility and inclusion, this starter kit is designed to enable teachers and trainers to create effective, engaging and accessible learning materials for their learners.

Dyslexia Starter Kit

The Dyslexia Starter Kit aims to help you review your provision for dyslexic learners, or to help less experienced providers develop dyslexia support from scratch.

Professional Development Planning provider kit

Here is a range of resources, developed through the Workforce Development element of the Skills for Life Support Programme, to help you plan professional development for your staff in literacy, language (ESOL) and numeracy (LLN).

CPD Starter Kit

Continuing professional development (CPD) is an essential element of teacher development. This Starter Kit links you with key CPD packages produced through the Skills for Life Support Programme (SFLSP) and previous programmes. Although these programmes no longer exist the CPD strategies are still current for teachers of English, maths and ESOL.

Embedding LLN Starter Kit

The aim of the Embedding LLN Starter Kit is to provide support and guidance on the embedding of LLN for less experienced providers. It aims to support developments that will improve the quality of your embedded LLN offer and improve learner success.

ESOL Starter Kit

ESOL changes lives. Successfully learning to speak English in the UK offers access to employment, to further study, to social networks, and can be the crucial factor in enabling people to fulfil their ambitions and life goals.

Flexible Models Starter Kit

This starter kit provides support and guidance, information and resources for developing and delivering flexible models of delivery for literacy, language and numeracy (LLN). It includes the development of blended learning approaches.

Whole Organisation Approach to literacy, language and numeracy (LLN) Framework

The aim of this framework is to support those who are at an early stage of developing a whole organisation approach to LLN and help answer questions such as: Why develop the approach & How do you get started?