Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

Some key points of note in this edition include: the launch of the Government Innovation Fund; the recommendations of the Independent Inquiry into Numeracy; an update on the Skills for Life Survey 2010, and the Review of Vocational Education - The Wolf Report. Two key recommendations made in the Wolf Report are that school leavers who have not secured a good pass in English and mathematics GCSE should continue to study those subjects, and FE lecturers and professionals should be allowed to teach in schools. Find out more below.

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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.

Northumbria University 1st Annual PCET Conference

Northumbria University 1st Annual PCET Conference
Innovative Approaches to Teaching in the Post Compulsory Sector. Friday 25th March 2011, 10am-3pm, Clinical Skills Centre, Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University, Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7XA.

Part subsidised intensive PTLLS courses in South Yorkshire

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.

Teaching Programmes at the Teaching Development Centre, Newcastle College

Teaching Programmes at the Teaching Development Centre, Newcastle College
Want to get started on literacy or numeracy teaching qualifications? We'll be starting two new DTLLS literacy and DTLLS numeracy programmes from May 2011 (both validated by Leeds Metropolitan University). Interested in teaching ESOL? We'll be running a 4 week intensive CELTA in July. Like to get your first teaching qualification? We have PTLLS programmes starting in May. Find out more...

Resources

New resources and offers from Tribal

New resources and offers from Tribal
All the latest news from Tribal including: the new ICT assessment, the new Dyscalculium assessment, online English language courses and using the Advance online learning system with your Apprenticeship programmes. Find out more...

Jobs

Skills for Life Tutors

Skills for Life Tutors
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Knowledgebase

£50m Growth and Innovation Fund
Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, and Minister for Skills, John Hayes, have launched a £50 million fund to help businesses develop the skills they need to drive growth.

2010 Skills for Life Survey
The findings from this survey, which aims to establish the changes in the populationís literacy and numeracy levels since 2002/03, will be made available in the autumn.

Call for a million learning opportunities across Britain
Skills Minister John Hayes has given his backing to a campaign to create one million opportunities for people across the UK to learn new skills in 2011.

Development of employer engagement services
This strategic review explores how support for employer engagement in the further education (FE) and skills sector can be strengthened and improved.

European Union Funding for English language provision
The UK Border Agency is inviting applications for the European Refugee Fund (£1.8m) and the European Integration Fund (£5.33m). The funds will support entry level English language provision, and English language needs for third country nationals.

Fee grants of £400 still available to DTLLS students
Fee grants of £400 are still available to DTLLS students who started their course in Sept 2010 or later. The current agreement is valid only for the 2010-11 financial year, so if you wish to apply, you will need to hurry!

Financial capability: Why is it important and how can it be improved?
This perspective piece is aimed at those with an interest in the development of national financial capability strategies and those who are developing or implementing financial capability programmes.

FREE Mathematics CPD event for FE teachers
A fantastic opportunity for professional development and networking, sponsored by the LSIS STEM Programme Supported by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. 10am-4pm, 11th March 2011, Science Learning Centre, Front Street, Pity Me, Durham DH1 5BZ.

IfL Supporting CPD in the regions
'Managing change, managing learning and moving forward' Wednesday 23rd March 2011, Teaching Development Centre, Newcastle College.

Lifelong Learning UK transfer of responsibilities
The footprint responsibilities of the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for Lifelong Learning (LLUK) will be transferred to the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) when the SSC ceases to operate from 1st April 2011.

New approach to adult numeracy needed
The headline recommendation of the NIACE-led Independent Inquiry into Numeracy is that the Government needs to adopt a new approach to numeracy that focuses on how adults use maths and numbers in everyday life.

Review of vocational education - The Wolf Report
The report makes a number of key recommendations, including: school leavers who have not secured a good pass in English and mathematics GCSE should continue to study those subjects, and FE lecturers and professionals should be allowed to teach in schools.

Sharing good practice
Ofsted has launched a website area showcasing good practice across the sectors that it inspects and regulates.

Skills Investment Strategy provider briefing presentation
The Skills Funding Agency has published the presentation used at the nine regional Investing in Skills for Sustainable Growth / Skills Investment Strategy events for colleges and training organisations held throughout January 2011.

Time to Train regulations will not be extended to employees of SME's
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS) has announced that the right to request time for training will not be extended this April to employees of small and medium-sized businesses.

Welfare Reform Bill 2011
On 16 February 2011 the Welfare Reform Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill legislates for the biggest change to the welfare system for over 60 years, and introduces a wide range of reforms that aim to make the benefits and tax credits systems fairer and simpler.

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