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About Key Skills
Communication Number
We use communication skills every day of our lives - find out how to use them effectively.

Sorry, we're no longer maintaining this site, but we've left it here as a reference.
Getting to grips with numbers is a skill that you can be proud of...
Comms introduction Number introduction
ICT Wider Key Skills
Worried about your ICT skills? Try out some of these step by step guides.
Our latest section will help you improve on your 'Wider' Key Skills.
ICT introduction Wider Key Skills introduction
Information and resources for Key Skills Tutors.
Video Clips
Your chance to watch a few clips from the television series, 'The Contenders'.
Find out a few tricks on how to make learning easier and much more fun.
A - Z Index
The BBC's guide to using the internet: a free online course and answers to all your internet questions. Learn to use a mouse, keyboard and windows Practise your word and number skills with loads of interactive games and quizzes, printable factsheets and worksheets.

Have a go at some of the fun exercises in this section and improve your communication skills. This is your chance to become more confident at writing reports, giving presentations and writing essays.

And, if you fancy testing yourself to see how much you really know, have a go at our interactive quizzes.

Keep your number skills up to scratch with a few exercises based around everyday tasks like DIY, shopping and holidays.

You could even try your hand at 'organising a gig'.

If you're feeling confident, you can also check out how much you know, by having a go at the interactive quizzes.

There's no need to worry about your ICT skills. This section shows you how to stay safe and deal with computer viruses. You'll also learn how to use spreadsheets, databases and word processors.

Once you've gone through the exercises, why not have a go at the interactive quiz?

There are some skills that we tend to overlook, but that can help us to work more effectively. They are known as the Wider Key Skills, that is ... Improving own Learning and Performance, Working With Others and Problem Solving.

You even get the chance to use these skills in the 'Island Quest' game.

Lots of information to help you plan your classes.

Get some ideas for discussions and assignments or have a look at the Tutor's Toolkits.

Your chance to watch clips from the television series The Contenders, which looks at Key Skills in real situations.

Six students get the chance to work in their ideal jobs ... and find out how vital their Key Skills really are.

Some really useful advice on how to manage your time effectively, improve your research skills and put together a mind map.

You can also have a go at our interactive learning styles quiz to find out what kind of a learner you are.

Teaching someone to use the net? Check out the WebWise Online Course.
Got a question about how the net works? Find your answer at Ask Bruce!
WebWise - the BBC's guide to using the net

Need to brush up your English and maths?
Skillswise has loads of games, quizzes and printable factsheets to practise word and number skills.

Skillswise - the BBC's literacy and numeracy site

Find out exactly what Key Skills are and why it's so important to learn how to use them effectively.

Get to know how you can use your skills at school or college, at work ... and even at home.

Learn to use a mouse, keyboard and windows - the BBC's guide to starting out on a computer

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