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Basic Skills Cymru

July 2006 June 2006 >

New online discussion forum

Last month we held our successful Annual Conference – Realising Our Vision – in Cardiff. Minister Jane Davidson delivered a keynote speech on the success and progress of the Words Talk-Numbers Count Basic Skills Strategy to date. The conference was divided into three sessions covering evaluation, innovation and embedding, with much audience participation and discussion. Comments made by delegates at the conference have provided the first inputs into a new, online bilingual interactive discussion forum. We would encourage you to log on, read the views of your colleagues and have your say.

Read more about the conference here

Engaging fathers

The Denbighshire Basic Skills Development Group, which coordinates an approach to providing support for parents in Communities First Areas, was concerned that fathers were unable to access the services provided. A successful pilot one-day Language and Play fathers’ event last summer resulted in some very positive feedback and a further five-week programme ran this March on Saturday mornings. A multi-agency endeavour, partners included Home Start, Book Start, National Children’s Homes Toy Library, Wales Pre-School Playgroup Association and Speech Therapists. The course aimed to involve fathers in family activities, improve interaction between fathers and their children and to promote speaking, listening and literacy. Fathers were consulted on the programme and activities reflected their interests. All the sessions were attended by speech therapists who provided advice and support. Once again the response was tremendous and members of the steering group are looking to take the project forward.


Practice worth sharing

Employer Pledge, Conwy Borough Council

Held up as an excellent example of good practice in proactively addressing the basic skills needs of their employees, Conwy Borough Council achieved the Employer Pledge award last year. Read more about the partnership arrangement with the local college – Coleg Llandrillo – which has been providing a basic skills programme specific, work-based needs of different departments with additional one-on-one support where needed.


Bilingual fun

Created out of the Developing Effective Practice programme in England, the popular Fun series is now available bilingually in Welsh and English. Each booklet is packed with ideas to help parents, carers and childminders support literacy and numeracy learning through play and games. Aimed at children from three to five years old, they are sold in packs of ten individual titles (£12 plus p&p;), as a set of six (one of each, £9 plus p&p;) or five of each (30, £30 plus p&p;). Order online or by calling 0870 600 2400. Fun with games, Fun with role play, Fun outdoors, Fun at home, Fun with stories, songs and rhymes and Fun with signs, notices and messages.


National Eisteddfod

Come along and visit our stand at the National Eisteddfod on the outskirts of Swansea between 5–12 August, where we’ll be giving away a limited number of free publications, including Quick Reads titles, Numbers Count packs and mutations tips cards and posters.


We would love to hear your feedback on the new format of our magazine. Please send any comments or subscription/unsubscribe queries to with Basic Skills Cymru in the subject line.

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