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Cerys Matthews makes hit song '1-2-3' add up to £-£-£ for children's charity

It's an odd way to make a single but Cerys Matthews' interpretation of the catchy-classic '1-2-3' - recorded specially for the Welsh Assembly Government's recent Wales-wide numeracy campaign - has just been made available as a download with all profits going to the NSPCC's FULL STOP campaign to end cruelty to children.


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Get reading - in Welsh - with 'Quick Reads'

Quick Reads, an innovative series of short and accessible fiction and non-fiction, are aimed at people who are not confident readers or who struggle to finish a book.


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New 'Numbers Count' campaign announced to tackle numeracy issues across Wales

New research revealed today by the Basic Skills Agency shows that 18% of Welsh adults are not confident with their maths, 25% say they have trouble working out sums with decimal points, 36% struggle with fractions and 31% have difficulty working out percentages.


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New Years Honour for ex-Agency staff

On the 31 December 2005, former Basic Skills Agency Executive Director for Wales, Rhiannedd Pratley, was awarded an OBE for services to education in Wales during her time at the Agency.


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Tender - Promoting Reading & Writing in Wales

On behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government, the Basic Skills Agency is mounting a major media campaign in autumn 2006 aimed at 9 to 13 year old children in Wales.


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Police ESOL launches in Cardiff

25 October 2005 saw the launch of the Police ESOL, a set of materials published by the Basic Skills Agency in partnership with South Wales Police and Cardiff City Council's Parade ESOL Service.


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Basic Skills Agency to launch major Welsh numeracy campaign

The Agency today announced its plan to promote numeracy skills for children, young people and adults in Wales through a major campaign to be spearheaded by a series of television, radio, press and ambient media advertisements. The bi-lingual campaign will be launched at the end of January 2006 and run for four weeks.


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ESOL teachers' familiarisation workshop - Full Day

Would you like to attend these workshops? LLU+ and NIACE are running a second phase of teacher’s familiarisation workshops in the autumn and if you are an ESOL teacher or manager you are welcome. All the workshops are free and every delegate receives a free copy of Citizenship materials for ESOL learners.


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Basic Skills Agency to share lessons learnt: Wales Dissemination Conference 2005

On 7th October 2005, the Basic Skills Agency will host the 2005 Agency Wales Conference, which will focus on dissemination of practice worth sharing in teaching and the development of the basic skills of children, young people and adults in Wales.


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The Basic Skills Agency at the National Eisteddfod 2005
The Basic Skills Agency attended the National Eisteddfod, Felinheli, this year from 30 July to 6 August 2005
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Press Release: Basic Skills Quality Mark 'a positive contribution to teaching'

An evaluation report published by Estyn, the Education and Training inspectorate for Wales, suggests that the Basic Skills Agency Quality Mark “makes a positive contribution to the teaching of basic skills in primary and secondary schools”.


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Yale Lecturer Scoops Top UK Teaching Award
Basic Skills lecturer Gill Britten, who works at Yale College, has been named as the winner of the UK New Horizons Award
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Basic Skills Agency appoints new Executive Director: Wales
The Basic Skills Agency is pleased to announce the appointment of Toni Schiavone as Executive Director: Wales.
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Assembly Commits £40 million for a second National Basic Skills Strategy for Wales

22 April 2005

The Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning, Jane Davidson has today announced that £40 million will be made available over the next three years to support activities outlined in Words Talk - Numbers Count the second phase of the all-age National Basic Skills strategy for Wales.


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Castle Cement and Deeside College receive the Pledge Award
Congratulations to Castle Cement and Deeside College who were both presented with the Basic Skills Employer Pledge Award on 10 March.
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Basic Skills Agency ESOL Conference: English Language and Citizenship
Jane Davidson, Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning and Sir Bernard Crick, Chair of the Advisory Board for Naturalisation and Integration will be addressing the Basic Skills Agency’s conference on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) on Tuesday 15th March.
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Students turn teacher for World Book Day
Basic Skills students across Wales are turning into teachers for the day as part of the celebrations for this year’s World Book Day, Wales – spearheaded by the Welsh Books Council – on Thursday 3 March 2005.
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Press Release: Basic Skills Agency Financial Capability Conference
It is estimated that one in seven households in Wales has a constant struggle to make ends meet and that a fifth of households are experiencing financial difficulties. Many such difficulties may arise from poor basic skills with one in four of the adult population having poor literacy skills and about a half having difficulties with numeracy.
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Press Release: Minister launches new award for learners
Jane Davidson, Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning will be congratulating adult learners from across Wales at an award ceremony on Tuesday 8th February.
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Basic Skills Agency Early Years Conference: Talking Together
The Basic Skills Agency will be holding its Early Years Conference on Thursday 3rd February for teachers and early years practitioners across Wales to look at early language development.
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Talking with your children can make all the difference
The Basic Skills Agency launches TV advertising campaign in Wales to encourage parents to talk to their children from an early age
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The Basic Skills Agency launches the Basic Skills Observatory Wales
The Basic Skills Agency today launched The Basic Skills Observatory Wales, the first bi-lingual website containing information on a range of approaches to raising standards of literacy, numeracy and language amongst employees working in different occupations across Wales.
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Early Years Conference 2005
Do you work in the early years sector? If so come and join us in Cardiff for the Early Years Conference 2005. We will be holding the event at the St David's Hall on Thursday 3rd February 2005.
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Pledge polishes basic skills
The Guardian reports on the Basic Skills Employer Pledge scheme.
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Press Release: First ever adult literacy core curriculum for Welsh
The Basic Skills Agency will be launching the first ever Adult Literacy Core Curriculum for adults studying Welsh at its stand at the National Eisteddfod at 11am on Wednesday August 4th.
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Design a Maths Game Competition 2004
8 July 2004 Year 7 pupils from across Wales were in Cardiff yesterday to showcase maths games they had designed themselves. The first prize of £1500, a plaque and a tour of BBC Wales was awarded to Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron, Ceredigion.
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Basic Skills Employer Pledge reception
On Monday 21st June employers from across Wales who are helping in the drive to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of their employees met with Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at a joint event organised by the Basic Skills Agency and CBI Wales.
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Mutations Card
The Basic Skills Agency's new Mutations Card will assist all Welsh speakers with the three most common mutations.
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Wales Annual Conference 2004: Tackling Disengagement
The Basic Skills Agency 2004 Wales Annual Conference on Thursday March 18th looked at how to engage people in the learning process.
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