About the Excellence Gateway

The Excellence Gateway is the Education and Training Foundation’s resources portal and provides online access to an unrivalled breadth of resources for everyone working in the wider learning and skills sector in England.  Within this library are over 7,000 resources that can be searched either through free text search or by browsing according to the themes, resource types, subject area etc that you are interested in. 

The resources in the repository come from:

  • Projects commissioned by the Foundation
  • the old Excellence Gateway
  • Old legacy sites such as Move on or ReadWritePlus
  • Other sites that have closed such as the Talent website and where we have migrated relevant resources

Note - Not all resources from the above sites could be migrated and hence many resources that existed on the old sites cannot be found on the redeveloped Excellence Gateway.


FAQs about material from the old sites

Q I am looking for the Literacy, numeracy or ESOL audio material, where can I find it?

A Most of this material was on the old ReadWritePlus site and is sometimes also known as the Skills for Life material.  However, the audio files were on a separate site.  They have now been placed in zip folders together with all of the relevant learner material and  teacher notes.  Diagnostic assessment, learner material, teacher’s notes and associated audio files can be downloaded from 


Q Where is the embedded material on Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL?

A Again this material was on the old ReadWritePlus site mostly under the “Vocational” link in Embedded material”.  These fields have all been migrated and can be located by a search using the relevant subject.  Use the filters on the right hand side and search by the subject you are looking for. 

Q Where are the practice tests for Maths and English?

A These tests that were part of Move on have not been migrated as they are out of date and do not reflect the requirements of the new curriculum for maths and English.

Q Where is the interactive material for Literacy, Numeracy, ESOL and IT?

A We have taken interactive resources for English (Literacy), Maths (Numeracy), ESOL and IT from the old Read write plus, Move on and Key skills Trainer sites wherever possible and rebuilt them to work on modern operating systems.  These resources can be accessed here.


Q Has everything been moved to the new site?

A We were not able to transfer all material from the old sites.  Sometimes files were damaged, in a format that we could not migrate or built in an old package that we could not afford to update or rebuild. 

Q Why have we redesigned the Gateway?

The old Excellence Gateway consisted of thousands of web pages across a series of websites. The information on these pages was becoming dated and it was prohibitively expensive for the Education and Training Foundation to host, maintain and update them.  That is why we have moved to the new style Gateway, maintaining access to thousands of valuable and well-used resources paid for by public investment.  By simplifying the repository where these resources sit and making access to them more cost effective and good value for the public purse, we have tried to ensure that this provision is sustainable.  The new Gateway will also provide an excellent location for the many new resources being produced by the sector through ETF commissions.


Other sites you may find useful

There are a number of other sites managed by the Education and Training Foundation that you may find useful.  These include:

  • The Education & Training Foundation website – for latest news and information from the Foundation, details of upcoming events, and support on specific topics.
  • The ELMAG portal -  offering a wide range of support for those in leadership, management and governance, including courses, resources, reflection tools and access to a leadership network.
  • Foundation Online Learning (FOL) – offering online learning courses to meet a breadth of development needs.