Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

Some key news items in this edition of the update include:

- Version 2.1 of the Skills Funding Agency document on Learner Eligibility and Contribution Rules 2011/2012: you'll see that this revised version states that individuals in receipt of inactive benefits will be eligible for full funding for units and other aims that will help them enter employment, including ESOL.

- the recently published Vorderman Report on Mathematics, which contains a recommendation that there should be compulsory maths in some form until the age of 18.

New Members

Take a look at J and K Training

We also welcome Mid Cheshire College, Newton Rigg College, Harrogate Skills 4 Living and Tribal Adult Learning and Careers. Watch out for them appearing soon in the Training Directory

Looking to join Skills for Life Network? Find out more below about the benefits of Membership and how to join.

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Barbara Zealley
Caryn Loftus

Network Managers

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Membership

Join Skills for Life Network

Join Skills for Life Network
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Resources

ESOL resources from Pearson

ESOL resources from Pearson
Pearson's Cutting Edge is a top-selling, 6 level General English course suitable for adult students at ESOL Pre-Entry - Level 2. New Cutting Edge contains Real Life sections providing students with practice in areas such as travel, form-filling and shopping. The Longman Photo Dictionary, also from Pearson, is the best-selling ESOL dictionary, with 1,000 colour photographs to help students learn words in context.

NEW Functional Skills Teaching and Learning Disks

NEW Functional Skills Teaching and Learning Disks
Pearson is the UK's most trusted learning partner and publishes resources for primary and secondary schools, colleges, adult learners and libraries. The NEW Functional Skills Teaching and Learning Disks for apprentices, vocational and adult learners provide practical teaching support and resources to help you deliver the functional skills qualifications.

Jobs

Functional Skills Tutor (specialism Mathematics and/or IT)

Functional Skills Tutor (specialism Mathematics and/or IT)
Trinity Training Services, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Training

Training Directory

Training Directory
Take a look at our Training Directory for information on a wide range of programmes and services: Skills for Life, ESOL, Functional Skills, Foundation Learning, Employability Skills, ICT, English as a Foreign Language, Dyslexia Support, Food Hygiene, Health and Safety, NVQ's, Apprenticeships, PTLLS, CTLLS, DTLLS, PGCE, Subject Specialist, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, Coaching and Mentoring, Leadership and Management, Assessor and Verifier Awards, Advice and Guidance qualifications, short courses, consultancy and bespoke training

News

Adult Skills Budget Funding Requirements 2011/2012
This document sets out the way in which the Skills Funding Agency will fund classroom and workplace learning provision, except Apprenticeships, through the Adult Skills Budget in 2011/12. It contains details of funding for Skills for Life, ESOL and functional skills.

Colleges given more freedom to deliver skills for employment and growth
Skills Minister John Hayes has announced greater freedoms for colleges to deliver fully subsidised training to help people on benefits enter employment.

Learner Eligibility and Contribution Rules 2011/2012 Version 2.1
This document details which individuals can be funded by the Skills Funding Agency and the level of government subsidy that they can receive in order to help pay for the costs of learning. A key point of note is that individuals in receipt of inactive benefits will be eligible for full funding for units and other aims that will help them enter employment, including ESOL.

New Challenges, New Chances for adult learning
The Government has launched a consultation setting out proposals to implement radical reform of adult learning and skills provision in England. The consultation includes measures to review and improve basic literacy and numeracy provision for adults.

Next Step: Telephone Helpline
From 12 September 2011, the telephone helpline numbers for both young people and adults will be aligned under the Next Step service number 0800 100 900

NLN materials now available online at www.nln.ac.uk
The NLN materials are small, flexible 'bite-sized' episodes of learning, and topics include Numeracy/Application of Number, Literacy/Communication Skills, I.T. and Wider Key Skills.

Progression post-16 for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
This Ofsted report evaluates the arrangements for transition from school and the provision in post-16 settings for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. It concludes that too few progress from school to complete programmes that will help them live independently, undertake further study, or gain employment.

Vorderman report on mathematics education published
'A world-class mathematics education for all our young people' concludes that major alterations in maths education are critical or we risk our future economic prosperity, and there should be compulsory maths in some form until the age of 18.

Whitby Esk Energy: buy a share in a community hydro project
Network Manager Caryn Loftus would like to draw your attention to this community project! The project is offering you a chance to help produce 'green' energy, thereby reducing carbon emissions, to help provide a regular income to finance continuing carbon reducing projects and to give you a return on your investment.

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