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Test The Town

Press release May 18, 2008 Public

Improving adult literacy in town centres around South London in partnership with McDonald's Restaurants Ltd

Are you ready to be part of the Test the Town challenge?

Look out for our Test the Town team in your local town centre during Adult Learners' Week 17th - 24th May. Test the Town is about improving your maths and English skills. It's aimed at everyone over 16 whether you are in work or job seeking. So far over 290,000 people have benefitted from the programme.

Whether you are looking for a new job, aiming to get promoted in your current job or just want to be able to keep up with your kids then Test the Town will get you on your way!

What is Test the Town?

It is part of the 'Move On' campaign which is a national 'skills boosting' initiative that encourages anyone over 16 to 'brush up' on their skills. All you do is take an online mini test in English and or maths to test your skills, depending on your test results we can find out what level you are at and help you to 'brush up' your English and maths skills with the opportunity of gaining 'nationally recognised, up to date' qualifications up to, and equivalent to, GCSE level. All the courses are free and you can take them in a place that suits you whether that's your local college, community centre, at work or at Learndirect locations.  


So if you left school without a qualification in English or maths, or if you have become a bit rusty with spelling, punctuation, decimals, or maths in general, Test the Town is offering you the chance to get an up-to-date qualification, free of charge. The National Tests in literacy and numeracy are like the driving theory test - they are multiple-choice and you can take them on computer or on paper.

Increase your chances of moving up, improve your career prospects and boost your confidence by taking part in the challenge, or pick up a leaflet in, your local college, library or community centre.

We want as many people as possible to take the Test and are bringing the opportunity to you through your local town centre making it easy for you to join in. We are working with McDonald's

Restaurants Ltd. and you'll be able to talk to a member of staff about taking the test in 9 restaurants in Croydon, 3 in Sutton, 3 in Bromley and 1 each in Orpington and Merton.  As part of the fun they will be offering free face painting to help keep children amused while their parents take the test.

As well as the activities in McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. you'll find a Test the Town team in Sutton, Croydon, Merton Bromley and Orpington town centres, they will all have fun family events happening such as clowns, face painting and balloon modelling and you can chat to one of our friendly advisors about brushing up on your skills.

You'll find the Test the Town teams in the following locations:

Bromley - Tuesday 20th May

Croydon - Tuesday 20th May North End Croydon

Merton - Monday 19th and Friday 23rd May

New Addington - Thursday 22nd May

Orpington High Street - Tuesday 20th and Saturday 24th May 10am to 2pm

Sutton - Saturday 17th May, High Street 10am to 3pm

Sutton Civic Centre - Thursday 22nd May, Learning at work and Taster sessions

For further information about Test the Town and activities in your area call xxxxxxxxx



Suzanne Dunsmore

 PDC Director
[email protected]  
Direct line: 0208 649 6449