Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

This edition of the update includes a summary of the recommendations of the year-long Independent Inquiry into Adult Literacy. We also have news of The Office of Fair Trading's free consumer education toolkit for teachers, Skilled to go, which uses everyday consumer situations to support literacy and numeracy skills development. In addition, you'll find information on a range of new literacy, language and numeracy resources available on the Excellence Gateway.

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Take Your Head Out of the Sand Over Functional Skills!

Take Your Head Out of the Sand Over Functional Skills!
MindLeaders ThirdForce has an innovative blended solution to the challenge presented by Functional Skills. We carried out a Functional Skills pilot with two large national employers. It was a truly robust pilot choosing learners with a range of ages, previous learning experiences and a wide geographical spread to really road test our delivery model. Our results were: First Time Pass Rates - 91% and average Completion Times – 8-12 weeks. Interested?


PTLLS Tutors

PTLLS Tutors
The Construction Skills College Limited, West Midlands (Stoke on Trent, Wolverhampton)

Skills for Life Tutor

Skills for Life Tutor
Manor Training and Resource Centre, Sheffield

Work Programme Coordinator/Advisor

Work Programme Coordinator/Advisor
Rotherham College of Arts and Technology


Calling all Maths and Numeracy Teachers and Managers to the Maths Conference of the Year!

Calling all Maths and Numeracy Teachers and Managers to the Maths Conference of the Year!
This conference will give you the tools you need to combine advanced communication skills with innovative maths pedagogy to improve your maths learners' attainment. Find out how to improve your practice in ways you haven’t even thought of yet! Join us from 9:45am to 3:30pm on the 17th of November 2011 at the American Express Community Stadium, Falmer, Brighton.

Da Tech Education

Da Tech Education
We are Da Tech Education, a specialist provider of health and safety, food hygiene, first aid, Hygiene in Health and Social Care Level 2 programmes. Working across the East Midlands region, we aim to inspire and support a range of learners to gain a qualification and increase their self esteem.

Newcastle College Teaching Development Centre

Newcastle College Teaching Development Centre
Find out about teacher development opportunities, funding and shortage subject bursaries, specialist courses and the autumn programme of blended and face-to-face events from Success North CETT.


Financial Learning Online (FLO) Scotland
The Financial Learning Online (FLO) Scotland website offers guidance, resources and sharing practice examples for practitioners involved in supporting people aged 16 plus to become more financially capable.

Inquiry makes recommendations to improve Adult Literacy
The Inquiry says that addressing adult literacy needs must be regarded as a moral imperative, and the cycle of inter-generational difficulties with literacy must be broken. It also says that more teachers must be trained and that there needs to be more innovative and cross-sector partnership work to help support literacy skills development.

Lifelong Learning Accounts launch
The Government this week officially launched Lifelong Learning Accounts - a free personalised online service for adults that allows them to take greater control of their learning and working life. Lifelong Learning Accounts support and are supported by the Next Step Careers Service, and from April 2012, the new National Careers Service.

New Challenges, New Chances for adult learning
This Government consultation sets out proposals to implement radical reform of adult learning and skills provision in England. The consultation, which is open until the 21st of October 2011, includes measures to review and improve basic literacy and numeracy provision for adults.

New Learning Support materials
A new suite of resources and materials, developed to improve the quality of learning support for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, is now available on the Excellence Gateway.

New Quick Reads for 2012
Eight new titles have been announced for the 2012 Quick Reads, including 'Doctor Who Magic of the Angels' by Jaqueline Rayner and 'Full House' by Maeve Binchy.

Skilled to go - teacher resources based on everyday consumer situations
The Office of Fair Trading's free consumer education toolkit for teachers, Skilled to go, has undergone a makeover, and now has more intuitive, easy to use web pages and a brighter, educational feel.

Skills and Family Learning
A new family learning skills section is now available on the Excellence Gateway. The section has resources, guidance and activities showing how literacy, language and numeracy skills underpin familiar family learning contexts, tasks and activities.

The future of FE consultation survey - disabled students
Disability Alliance is currently working on a response to the BIS consultation 'New Challenges, New Chances' on the future of FE and Skills provision, and would welcome your input.

Third Sector Toolkit
This kit, which is available on the Excellence Gateway, is designed to support voluntary and community organisations so that they can respond to the literacy, language, communication and numeracy skills needs of service users, staff and volunteers.

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