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Skills for Life Network is widely acknowledged and highly regarded as a key news, information and signposting resource for everyone with an interest in literacy, numeracy, English, maths and ESOL.

Developed in 2003, and supported by the Learning and Skills Council to 2007, Skills for Life Network is growing rapidly, with 12,000+ subscribers to our e-news update and email alerts and an average of 25,000+ visits per month to our website (statistics from Google Analytics). consistently achieves a 5 or 6 importance rating from Google, which puts us on a par with the TES website (to put this into perspective, the BBC website typically achieves an importance ranking of 8 or 9).

Skills for Life Network is managed by Barbara Zealley and Caryn Loftus, both of whom have extensive experience in the Skills for Life arena as teachers, senior managers and teacher trainers.

Areas of work and interest represented in our audience include:

  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • English and maths
  • ESOL
  • Functional Skills
  • Foundation Learning
  • Employability skills
  • ICT
  • Financial Literacy
  • Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Key Skills
  • Vocational training - NVQ's
  • Apprenticeship training
  • Employer Engagement
  • Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Learning Disabilities
  • E-learning
  • EFL
  • Teacher Training
  • Professional Development

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

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

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Skills for Life professionals

  • Fortnightly e-news update:12,000+ subscribers
  • Growth rate: 125+ new subscribers per month


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