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The Institute for Learning (IfL) will disburse fee grants to support more than 2,500 part-time teacher trainees entering their second year of initial teacher training (ITT) in September 2012.
English literacy skills in Wales have seen a marked improvement since 2004 and numeracy skills have also increased, although by a smaller margin. Welsh literacy levels experienced a slight fall during the same period. These were the headline findings of a survey of adult literacy and numeracy skills in Wales which has been published by the Welsh Government.
National Numeracy is a new, independent organisation, that aims to transform attitudes and achievement in numeracy across the age range. In particular it focuses on those with low levels of numeracy.
Communities Minister Andrew Stunell has announced that the Department for Communities and Local Government will make available up to £10 million in funding to support English language training for speakers of other languages.
To celebrate the launch of eight exciting new Quick Reads titles, BBC Skillswise has designed an exclusive mini-site where you can read and listen to the first chapters of the new books.
Skills Minister John Hayes has set out the funding available to those undertaking initial teacher education to teach in the FE and Skills sector. For 2012 – 13, bursaries of £1,000 will be introduced to enable up to 10,000 trainees to take either the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), or a PGCE qualification. In addition, bursaries of £1,500 will be introduced to enable up to 1,000 trainees who are taking HEI-accredited ITE courses and who are intending to teach basic Maths and English in the sector.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has released a background note that provides information on the future content and arrangements for English and Maths Qualifications for adults for the academic year 2012/13 and beyond.
Minister for further education, skills and lifelong learning, John Hayes, has launched an independent review to investigate ‘ways to improve the professional status of the further education and skills workforce’.
The Ofsted Annual Report is published in an interactive format, and there is an accompanying video which includes the learning and skills highlights of the report. There are also interesting key findings about literacy and numeracy.
Ofsted has announced plans to replace the 'satisfactory' grade for school inspections with a 'requires improvement' judgement. Ofsted has released this statement and will consult with the learning and skills sector on making the same change for the Common Inspection Framework from September 2012.
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