Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

In this edition of the update, we have information on the call for equal status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), the teaching qualifications for FE and schools respectively. See the article below for more details.

You'll also see that the new version Next Step website is now live. The Next Step service is available free to all adults in England aged 19 or over, and provides advice to help people get on in work and in life. Find out more below.

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Barbara Zealley
Caryn Loftus

Network Managers


Making Britain Numerate and Making Britain Literate

Making Britain Numerate and Making Britain Literate
These two new publications by Kevin Norley are written for work-based (or FE college) learners studying for Functional Skills or Skills for Life qualifications. They are designed both to support learners directly and to support tutors in supporting their learners.


Adult Learning Trainer Assessor

Adult Learning Trainer Assessor
Gateshead Council

ESOL Tutors

ESOL Tutors
International Learning Centre, Wigan, Rochdale and Oldham

Family Learning Development Officer

Family Learning Development Officer
Gateshead Council

Reading and Literacy tutor

Reading and Literacy tutor
Blackpool Council

Training & Development

Do you work in a post 14 learning environment teaching or supporting literacy?
South Tyneside College is offering a specialist qualification designed to help you in the delivery or support of qualifications up to and including Level 2

Looking for a part-time blended learning route to achieving the Level 5 Numeracy Diploma?
The Additional Diploma in Teaching Mathematics (Numeracy) in the Lifelong Learning Sector is being offered by East Durham College on a one year, part-time, blended learning programme basis, requiring attendance at an induction session and then on 5 Saturdays over the year.

North East Patoss Group meeting
Resources Swap, Saturday 9th October 2010 10 am - 12:30 pm, The Durham Centre for Education


Baroness Sharp calls for united status of QTLS and QTS
Baroness Margaret Sharp of Guildford has called for equal status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), the teaching qualifications for FE and schools respectively

BBC raw – Money
Getting a new job has a massive impact on your finances. BBC raw have produced online information about getting a bank account, saving while you’re at work, understanding your payslip and more.

Employment programmes could be reduced by up to 80% because of DWP cuts
According to a report in the Financial Times, many training providers do not believe they can carry out effective employment programme provision without upfront payments

Information on Skills for Life and Functional Skills from the SFA
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) website now contains a compendium of information and fact sheets on Skills for Life and Functional Skills

Next Step
Next Step provides information, advice and resources to help adults make more effective choices about skills, careers, work and life. Adults can access the service online, or with the help of an adviser either on the telephone or face-to-face.

Skills Minister sets out Government commitment to apprenticeships
Skills Minister John Hayes has set out his vision for apprenticeships and reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to work-based learning and training

Wolf Review of 14-19 Vocational Education - Call for Evidence
The Government has commissioned Alison Wolf to carry out an independent review of 14-19 vocational education in England. She has launched a public call for evidence for her review, with submissions needed by Friday 29 October, 2010.

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