Skills for life All of our straight-talking teaching materials are written by hugely experienced adult literacy and numeracy practitioners and come fully mapped to the adult core curriculum. Varied, easy to use and modern, you’ll find our resources make lesson preparation, embedded learning and differentiation effortless.
Functional skillbuilders Thinking skills Basic skills for life

Functional Skillbuilders

Your one-stop solution for teaching literacy and numeracy. Functional Skillbuilders cover every level and category of the Adult Core Curriculum (Entry 1 – Level 2). Workplace contexts are true to life, they motivate and engage your students and make progression easy.

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Thinking skills

A brand new series containing written, audio and video based activities – all perfect for helping students develop listening, observational, oral and written communication skills – most activities are Entry 3/Level 1.

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Basic skills for life

Uses life skills topics to reinforce basic literacy and numeracy skills. Written at an accessible level these titles provide students with the essential skills they will use in everyday work and life.

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WorkScenes Basic skills for work Money management


Numeracy and literacy in vocational contexts. WorkScenes provides teachers with a huge bank of photocopiable, contextualised literacy and numeracy resources which will motivate your students. Most activities are at Level 1.

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Basic skills for work

Provides students with the essential communication skills they will use in everyday work and life. Practical scenarios and realistic contexts build English skills and give your students the strategies they need to succeed. Most activities are Entry 3/Level 1.

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Money management

Motivational resources to teach financial capability. Most activities are Entry 3/Level 1.

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FasTrack This life readers Play on words


Teaching programmes for non-readers and writers take learners from pre-Entry Level to Entry Level 2/3. Multisensory programmes come complete with diagnostic assessments, teaching notes, worksheets and games.

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This life readers

Engaging photostories for emerging readers. The stories feature one or two short, simple sentences per page with good, clear print and plenty of repetition and reinforcement. The Resource pack helps you extend students literacy skills. Milestone 8/Entry Level 1.

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Play on words

Crisp, adult-style graded word puzzles that are perfect for reinforcing basic phonics skills and sight words. Titles available at Entry 1/Entry 2 and Entry 3.

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Maths in Everyday maths Fair play

Maths in

Real-life maths at Level 2 with practical tasks based on everyday, motivational contexts. Functional Maths suitable.

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Everyday maths

Level 1 maths activities help students make connections between the classroom and their real lives. Functional Maths suitable.

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Fair play

These Entry Level 3 titles demonstrate the everyday nature of maths with activities based on sports. Functional Maths suitable.

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Thinking Strategies Play on numbers ICT for life

Thinking Strategies

Four comprehensive titles to help learners master the four basic operations - addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. Activities build basic skills from number sense to mathematical reasoning and encourage creative problem solving.

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Play on numbers

A bank of interesting, simple photocopiable graded number puzzles that take a refreshingly adult approach - perfect for motivating older learners who have tried and tried again with basic numeracy. Titles available at Entry 1/Entry 2 and Entry 3.

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ICT for life

Harness the power of ICT to motivate your adult learners. These titles sharpen your learners skills in word processing, mobile phone technology and using the internet. Entry 1/Entry 2.

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Signs and symbols Brinsford books  

Signs and symbols

Use everyday contexts to motivate learners with these books that are designed to be a fun way into literacy as well as providing your students with essential, sometimes life-saving information. Entry 1/Entry 2.

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Brinsford books

This series of carefully graded readers (Entry 1 through to Level 1) is devised to engage reluctant readers. Educational institutions throughout the UK have reported that Brinsford books succeed where many other books have failed in getting students to read.

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