Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

We have several news items on Government policy developments in this edition of the update. You'll find information on the newly published White Paper on welfare reform, and a summary of the new legislative programme for Scotland, which includes a revision of the adult literacy and numeracy policy. We also have an update on the reforms to higher education and student finance, and news on the recent announcement that learning providers who are judged 'outstanding' by Ofsted will be exempt from further inspection for eight years.

Functional Skills: the Skills Funding Agency has published a useful FAQ sheet on Functional Skills, with answers to questions such as: Will Functional Skills in English replace the Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life? Will Functional Skills be available on-line and on demand? Find out more below.

Resources: the Skills Funding Agency has a stock of free Get On - Skills for Life giveaways, including scratch cards, stickers, posters, balloons, pens and the cotton shopper bag. See the article to find out how to order.

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LSIS Learning Fairs in the North of England

LSIS Learning Fairs in the North of England
Following on from the success of the first Teaching and Learning fair held at Newcastle College in December 2010, the third of three LSIS-funded Teaching and Learning fairs in the North of England is to take place at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston on the 16th of March.

Jobs

Functional Skills Tutor

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National Consortium of Colleges, Hertfordshire

Part Time Hourly Skills for Life Tutor

Part Time Hourly Skills for Life Tutor
East Riding College - position based in the Manchester area.

Programme Manager - ESOL

Programme Manager - ESOL
Bradford College

Programme Manager – Essential Skills

Programme Manager – Essential Skills
Bradford College

Sessional Tutor Vacancies

Sessional Tutor Vacancies
WEA Yorkshire and the Humber Region

Training

CTLLS, DTLLS and CELTA programmes starting in January at Newcastle College

CTLLS, DTLLS and CELTA programmes starting in January at Newcastle College
Have you got your PTLLS qualification? Get the credit and move on to CTLLS or DTLLS. Generic and skills for life options available – last few places available for January 2011 on specialist CTLLS and DTLLS courses for literacy, numeracy and ESOL. Want to teach EFL abroad or in the UK? New CELTA programme starting in Jan 2011.

Training and Development Directory

Training and Development Directory
Does your organisation offer any of these programmes: Skills for Life, ESOL, Functional Skills, Foundation Learning, Employability Skills, ICT, English as a Foreign Language, Dyslexia Support, PTLLS, CTLLS, DTLLS, PGCE, Additional Diploma programmes in Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL, dyslexia training, BEd, BA teaching programmes, coaching and mentoring, Assessor and Verifier Awards, Assertiveness Training, food hygiene, health and safety? If so, a listing in the Skills for Life Network Training and Development Showcase and Directory is a must! Find out more...

Knowledgebase

BBC WebWise film clips
A series of 16 one-minute films is now available, covering everything from search engines to social networking

Delivering for Scotland: The Government's Programme for Scotland 2010-2011
The Scottish Government has set out its legislative programme for the next parliamentary term. The programme includes new skills and training policies to address the requirements of the recession, and revision of the adult literacy and numeracy policy.

Get On - Skills for Life give aways
The Skills Funding Agency has an existing stock of free Get On - Skills for Life giveaways to support the take-up of basic literacy, numeracy and ESOL courses. Materials include scratch cards, stickers, posters, balloons, pens and the cotton shopper bag.

New all-age careers service to launch in England in 2012
Skills minister John Hayes has set out his vision for the first all-age careers service in England

Outstanding learning providers to be exempt from inspection
The Skills Minister, John Hayes, has announced that, in line with schools and colleges, learning providers who are judged ‘outstanding' by Ofsted will be exempt from further inspection for eight years

Progressive plans for higher education
The Government has set out new progressive plans for reforms to higher education and student finance. The new system will come into effect for new entrants to the university system in 2012.

Questions and answers on Functional Skills
Will Functional Skills in English replace the Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life? Will Functional Skills be available on-line and on demand? Answers to these and to other questions can be found in this information sheet from the Skills Funding Agency.

Universal Credit: Welfare that Works white paper published
The coalition government has outlined its plans for fundamental welfare reform. The new Universal Credit will form the basis of a system that will ensure that “work always pays and is seen to pay”.

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