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

Starter kit for creating accessible learning materials

Welcome to the starter kit for creating accessible learning materials. Created by JISC TechDis, which was the leading UK educational advisory service in accessibility and inclusion and unfortunately no longer exists.  The kit is designed to enable teachers and trainers to create effective, engaging and accessible learning materials for their learners. Grouped into eight categories, this starter kit of guidance and resources merges pedagogical and technical advice where previously these have been scattered over several different channels.

The starter kit comprises the following eight categories. Click on a category below, or in the centre menu, to access the guidance resources for that category:

  1. Users who have difficulty seeing things
  2. Users who have difficulty hearing things
  3. Users who have difficulties understanding things
  4. Users who have difficulty concentrating
  5. Users who have difficulties handling and manipulating things
  6. Users who have difficulties communicating with others
  7. Users who have difficulty accessing text
  8. Users who are dyslexic

Kevin Carey, Director of HumanITy, advised on the creation of the resources. He is uniquely placed to provide guidance because of his long involvement in education, his expertise in accessibility and his standing as a blind author and speaker.

There is no single solution for accessibility, and often the most time-consuming and expensive adjustments are not always the most effective. These accessibility guidelines available on Excellence Gateway will help teachers to adapt and personalise delivery to all learners.

Kevin Carey, Director of HumanITy, and a learner and tutor from Lewisham College

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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