About  Skills for Life Network

Skills for Life Network is widely acknowledged and highly regarded as the key news, information and signposting resource for teachers and managers of functional skills and GCSE maths, English and ICT, ESOL, Employability and SEND working in the Further Education and Skills sector.

Developed in 2003, supported by the Learning and Skills Council to 2007 and self supporting since then, Skills for Life Network is managed by Barbara Zealley and Caryn Loftus.


The Skills for Life Network e-news update currently has 4,500+ subscribers. Their principal areas of interest are:

  • Functional skills and GCSE maths and English
  • ESOL
  • Essential Digital Skills
  • Employability Skills
  • Dyslexia, Specific Learning Difficulties and¬†Learning Disabilities

Our audience includes: Tutors, Trainers, Assessors, Verifiers, Heads of School, Curriculum Leaders, Principals, Volunteers, Learning Support Workers, Teacher Trainers, Trainee Teachers and Supporters, individuals looking to move into teaching, employers and independent consultants.

There is a representation from a wide range of sectors and organisations, including: Further Education Colleges; Adult and Community Learning; Work-based Learning; Foundation Learning; Workplace Learning; Independent Specialist Colleges; Offender Learning; Universities/Higher Education providers and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.


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