Basic skills resources

The Basic Skills Agency in collaboration with the Institute of Education established the Centre in 1993. In 2005, after funding the Centre for 12 years, the Agency passed on the collection to the Institute to sit alongside its other collections for teaching.

The Centre was set up as a reference collection of basic skills teaching materials at a time when few resources existed and when tutors had great difficulty obtaining basic skills materials. Since then, the collection has expanded to over 7,000 teaching resources for lifelong and post-16 learning in this field.

The collection focuses on teaching materials for adults and young adults in a variety of formats: books, videos, audio-tapes, CDs, games and other teaching aids.

Literacy and numeracy teaching resources are the foundation of the collection. Other areas include ESOL resources, family learning, support for students with learning difficulties and over 100 series of basic readers.

This is an open access reference collection, and can be found on Level 4 of the Library.

All materials are included on the library catalogue.