Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

We have two key updates on funding in this edition of the e-news update.

Key Skills: you'll see that Wider Key Skills Provision for new start learners over the age of 19 will no longer be funded after the 31st of March 2011. The article also contains information on a range of qualifications that will soon cease to be funded, as part of the implementation of the new Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

ESOL: Do take a look on the article on the changes to ESOL funding and the impact this will have on provision and on learners. An alliance of ESOL practitioners from around the country and organisations such as UCU, Refugee Council, NATECLA and WEA have established an 'Action for ESOL' campaign - you may like to visit the campaign website at www.actionforesol.org

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Barbara Zealley
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LSIS Learning Fairs in the North of England
Success North is running the second of three LSIS-funded Teaching and Learning Fairs at Bradford College on the of 18th of February. The third will take place at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston on Wednesday the 16th of March.

NANAMIC events for 2011
News of the the National Association for Numeracy and Mathematics in Colleges (NANAMIC) Summer Conference 2011 and an update on NANAMIC training events.

Part subsidised intensive PTLLS courses in South Yorkshire
Prospects Professional Training and Consultancy is running part subsidised, intensive PTLLS programmes in the South Yorkshire area in 2011.


Yes We Can Read is Winner for Autumn 2010 and now a Finalist in The Annual People’s Book Prize

Yes We Can Read is Winner for Autumn 2010 and now a Finalist in The Annual People’s Book Prize
Yes We Can Read is a one-to-one phonics-based programme to develop reading for meaning, designed for learners aged from 8 to 80, from Gatehouse Books. ‘Every time we turn a page, I understand more about the genius of Yes We Can Read. The big plus is that it makes learning to read fun. Unshackled by the straitjacket of any strict grid system, Coach and Learner have more opportunity to take control of the learning and easily adapt it to suit the learner’s needs.’ Julie Carthy, Adult Education Tutor


Functional Skills/Key Skills Consultant Tutors

Functional Skills/Key Skills Consultant Tutors
KFC. Posts available in Greater London, the Midlands and the South. Rate: £250 per day.

Project Leader - Community ESOL

Project Leader - Community ESOL
Rotherham College of Arts and Technology

Skills for Life Tutor

Skills for Life Tutor
Age UK Training, Newcastle upon Tyne

Skills for Life Tutors

Skills for Life Tutors
National Consortium of Colleges, England - all regions


Changes to ESOL funding and its impact on learners
A review of the impact of ESOL funding changes and their impact on learners, and an introduction to the Action for ESOL campaign.

Employability Skills - What Employers Want
The Employability Matrix, which Asset Skills first developed in 2008, is now due for revision and there's now an opportunity to share your views on the skills you consider essential for employability.

Going for Gold teaching and learning resources
This website from the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) provides links to resources that aim to help you develop and maintain outstanding provision in teaching and learning. There's a section on literacy, language and numeracy and functional skills.

NIACE Literacy Inquiry
As part of the NIACE Inquiry into Lifelong Literacy: In Out and Beyond Work, literacy practitioners are invited to attend a focus group to help shape recommendations: Thursday 24 February 2011, Westgate Community College, Newcastle. 10.00am to 12.00 noon

Ofsted Report: Removing Barriers to Literacy
This report aims to illustrate effective approaches that might help others to improve their practice in literacy. Providers of childcare, education and post-16 learning were included in the survey, and the key findings will be of interest to all literacy practitioners and managers.

Review of qualifications for learning professionals
The phase two review is open until Friday 11 February 2011, and you are invited to help impact the way learning professionals qualifications are formed.

Specification of Apprenticeships Standards England (SASE) and functional skills
The specification includes information on the functional skills achievement requirements for intermediate, advanced and higher apprenticeship frameworks.

Update on Wider Key Skills Provision
From 31 March 2011, the Skills Funding Agency will no longer be funding Wider Key Skills in the National Qualifications Framework for new starts for learners aged 19 and above.

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