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The 157 Group has published a collection of eight learner voices highlighting the value of its member colleges' adult literacy work.
From 2012 eligible part-time students will be able to borrow the full cost of their tuition fees for the first time. Changes have now been announced that will mean students will not have to start repaying their loan until at least four years after they have started their studies, rather than after three years as previously planned.
The New Zealand Department of Labour has published a study into learning transfer following workplace basic skills courses. The focus was on how literacy, language and numeracy (LLN) skills are learned, and what helps or hinders trainees in transferring their learning to their jobs.
Scottish Book Trust, in partnership with the Scottish Government, has created Skint!, an interactive learner-centred resource available to download as a PDF. It has been developed to be specifically used within adult literacy and numeracy support groups, but can also be used by other youth work practitioners.
Money for Life is a financial capability and personal money skills programme that aims to embed vital money management skills in Further Education sector institutions and community groups. Two qualifications are now available free to participants, and the programme also includes a range of resources that will help you deliver tailored financial capability learning.
Schools Minister Nick Gibb has set out proposals to overhaul post-16 education, with the recommendation that the complex funding system should be simplified and all students aged 16 to 19 without a grade C or better in GCSE English and maths should continue to study those subjects. For those who need more intensive support to move towards achieving a C grade GCSE, the qualifications recommended are: functional skills and free standing maths qualifications.
The Government this week officially launched Lifelong Learning Accounts - a free personalised online service for adults that allows them to take greater control of their learning and working life. Lifelong Learning Accounts support and are supported by the Next Step Careers Service, and from April 2012, the new National Careers Service.
A new family learning skills section is now available on the Excellence Gateway. The section has resources, guidance and activities showing how literacy, language and numeracy skills underpin familiar family learning contexts, tasks and activities.
The Financial Learning Online (FLO) Scotland website offers guidance, resources and sharing practice examples for practitioners involved in supporting people aged 16 plus to become more financially capable.
This kit, which is available on the Excellence Gateway, is designed to support voluntary and community organisations so that they can respond to the literacy, language, communication and numeracy skills needs of service users, staff and volunteers.
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