Literacy, Language and Numeracy Starter Kits

Starter kits to support providers new to literacy, language and numeracy (LLN) to access guidance and resources to develop their provision

Embedding LLN Starter Kit

About this 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.  Although the terminology has now changed and the focus is now on 'English' and 'maths' the guidance on literacy and numeracy is still as relevant to the 'new' subjects.  It is just as important to embed English and maths today as it was with the Skills for Life programme.

Embedded teaching and learning combines the development of literacy, language and numeracy with vocational and other skills. The skills acquired provide learners with the confidence, competence and motivation necessary for them to progress, gain qualifications and to succeed in life and at work.


The kit links providers to useful resources and guidance, which will help those new to embedding LLN take the steps needed to get started. It provides answers to questions such as:

  • What is meant by embedding LLN?
  • Why is it important to embed LLN?
  • How do we get started?
  • Who should get involved and what resources are available to support delivery and staff development?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules are identified within the starter kit. You can adapt the modules to your organisation’s priorities to enhance the skills of staff so that they can take on the challenge of delivering effective embedded provision to learners.

The kit has five sections highlighting steps needed to develop provision. You can look at the different sections of the starter kit in any order. If you are not sure about where to begin use the simplified 'Taking Stock' checklist in Section 2.

Other starter kits


This starter kit links you with key CPD packages produced through the Skills for Life Support Programme and previous programmes. 

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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.

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This starter kit aims to help you review your provision for dyslexic learners, or to help less experienced providers develop dyslexia support from scratch.

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Professional Development

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).

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Accessible Learning

This starter kit, created by JISC TechDis, is designed to enable teachers and trainers to create effective, engaging and accessible learning materials for their learners. 

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