Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

A Happy New Year to everyone!

In case you missed the news on Functional Skills in apprenticeships in the previous e-news update, we've included the article again. You'll see that dual running of Key Skills and Functional Skills in apprenticeships has now been extended to the end of September 2012, to allow time for employers and providers to finalise their models for delivering Functional Skills within apprenticeship frameworks.

Funding: The Skills Funding Agency has set out changes to funding policy for the learning and skills sector in 2011/12. There is an expectation that the sector will increase the level of income secured from individuals and employers, and 2.5% of providers' indicative allocation will be used for Job Outcome Incentive Payments. More details below.

If you're an ESOL practitioner based in Scotland, you will no doubt be interested to find out more about the newly published ESOL Assessment Pack, which is available to view online and to download. See the article below to find out more.

Finally, nominations are open for the Adult Learners' Week Awards 2011, and will close on the 28th of January, so do hurry.

Happy surfing!

Barbara Zealley
Caryn Loftus

Network Managers


Resources wanted - your replies

Resources wanted - your replies
Many thanks to everyone who responded to a member request for resources to support learners on a Level 1 Health and Social Care programme. We've put together a selection of your recommendations to date for resources to support a range of skills, including Employability Skills, Communication and Health and Safety.


Functional and Employability Skills Tutor

Functional and Employability Skills Tutor
Forster Community College, Bradford

Training & Development

Safety First UK

Safety First UK
The Safety First Organisation offers NVQ programmes, the A1 Assessor and V1 Verifier Awards, the PTLLS Award at Level 3 and at Level 4, and a range of Health and Safety related programmes, including Certified Instructor Training. We also offer approved courses for the public, private hire and special needs transport sectors, which can be conducted on site or at our dedicated training facility in Essex.


Celebrate outstanding adult learners
Nominations are now open for the Adult Learners' Week Awards 2011. The awards celebrate learning in all its forms, giving deserved recognition to inspirational adults who have changed their lives through learning.

ESOL Initial Assessment Pack - Scotland
This guide has been produced by the Scottish Government's Lifelong Learning Directorate to support practitioners to undertake initial assessment with their learners. Its aim is to help standardise initial assessment approaches, so that the learner can be placed in the appropriate provision.

Functional Skills within Apprenticeships
Following consultation with key partners and the identification of a need for additional development time, Ministers have agreed an extended, temporary transitional arrangement involving parallel running between Key Skills, Functional Skills and the new GCSEs (with increased functional content) from April 2011 until the end of September 2012.

Launch of the 2011 Six Book Challenge
With one in six people in the UK struggling with literacy, the Six Book Challenge is calling upon prisons, colleges and workplaces to sign up to tackle the problem.

Review of Qualifications for Learning Professionals
This review carried out by Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) concludes that PTLLS, CTLLS and DTLLS (and the subject-specific variants to these qualifications) need updating to meet more effectively the needs of the lifelong learning workforce.

Skills Funding Agency Guidance Note on changes to funding policy
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has published Guidance Note 6, a document which covers 2011/12 changes to funding policy. The SFA is allocating 2.4bn through the Adult Skills Budget for 2011/12. There is an expectation that the sector will increase the level of income secured from individuals and employers during 2011/12, and 2.5% of providers' indicative allocation will be used for Job Outcome Incentive Payments.

Success Factors in Skills for Life at Work
Materials from these seminars held in November 2010 by CfBT Education Trust, LLU+ and City of Sunderland College are now available to download. The seminars focused on good practice in teaching literacy, numeracy/mathematics and English language to adults in low skilled employment.

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