Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

Some key points of note in this edition of the update are:

Functional Skills

In the recently published consultation document 'Study programmes for 16 - 19 year olds', the Department for Education and the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) propose that all students aged 16 to 19 without a grade C or better in GCSE English and maths should continue to study those subjects. They recommend functional skills and free standing maths qualifications for those who need more intensive support to move towards achieving a C grade GCSE. More details below.

Teacher training and professional development

Changes to HE funding from 2012 mean that there will be an increase in fees for teacher training and Subject Specialist programmes next year. You may wish to look at the course information in the Training section below and in our Training Directory The IfL employer grant scheme is currently still available for in-service programmes - more information in the article below.

Note to teacher training providers

Did you know that as an Organisational Member you can feature your teacher training and professional development programmes and events in our Training Directory, e-news update and email alerts? Find out more

New Members

You can now view the profile for Bedford College Look out for more profiles coming soon.

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Resources

Hearsay Books – an adult approach to phonics

Hearsay Books – an adult approach to phonics
SfL Materials is working in partnership with Ransom Publishing to develop and publish HearSay: a collection of age appropriate reading materials for adults and young people using a structured, phonic approach.

Making Britain Numerate  - second edition now available

Making Britain Numerate - second edition now available
Making Britain Numerate and Making Britain Literate by Kevin Norley are written for work-based (or FE college) learners studying for Functional Skills or Skills for Life qualifications. They are designed both to support learners directly and to support tutors in supporting their learners. The second edition of Making Britain Numerate includes additional resources to support achievement of level 2 Functional Skills maths.

Jobs

Basic Skills Tutor

Basic Skills Tutor
Manor Training and Resource Centre, Sheffield

Lead Foundation Learning Tutor

Lead Foundation Learning Tutor
SouthBank Training Ltd, Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire

Lecturer - Skills for Life / Basic/ Functional/ Key Skills

Lecturer - Skills for Life / Basic/ Functional/ Key Skills
Cambridge Regional College

Tutor

Tutor
Working Links, based Leicester, with travel in Midlands region

Training

Leeds City College – Numeracy and ESOL Additional Diplomas

Leeds City College – Numeracy and ESOL Additional Diplomas
Numeracy and ESOL Additional Diplomas will be starting in November at Leeds City College. Don’t miss out on the chance to get IfL funding to help with the cost of these mandatory qualifications for teachers of Numeracy or ESOL.

Numeracy, Literacy and ESOL Diplomas and Additional Routes - don

Numeracy, Literacy and ESOL Diplomas and Additional Routes - don't miss the chance of funding!
Special offer prices for a limited period only at the Teaching Development Centre, Newcastle College.

News

Changes to part-time study repayment system
From 2012 eligible part-time students will be able to borrow the full cost of their tuition fees for the first time. Changes have now been announced that will mean students will not have to start repaying their loan until at least four years after they have started their studies, rather than after three years as previously planned.

IfL employer grant for Initial Teacher Training
Further education (FE) providers can claim a flat rate, non means tested grant of up to £400 per individual teacher or trainer through IfL for those who are IfL members. The ITT course must be a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), Skills for Life integrated DTLLS or the additional diploma, or PGCE/Cert Ed (in lifelong learning), and must be undertaken on a part time ‘in service’ basis.

Money for Life
Money for Life is a financial capability and personal money skills programme that aims to embed vital money management skills in Further Education sector institutions and community groups. Two qualifications are now available free to participants, and the programme also includes a range of resources that will help you deliver tailored financial capability learning.

Simpler, fairer funding system for post-16 education and English and maths for all
Schools Minister Nick Gibb has set out proposals to overhaul post-16 education, with the recommendation that the complex funding system should be simplified and all students aged 16 to 19 without a grade C or better in GCSE English and maths should continue to study those subjects. For those who need more intensive support to move towards achieving a C grade GCSE, the qualifications recommended are: functional skills and free standing maths qualifications.

Skint!
Scottish Book Trust, in partnership with the Scottish Government, has created Skint!, an interactive learner-centred resource available to download as a PDF. It has been developed to be specifically used within adult literacy and numeracy support groups, but can also be used by other youth work practitioners.

The transfer of learning from workplace basic skills courses
The New Zealand Department of Labour has published a study into learning transfer following workplace basic skills courses. The focus was on how literacy, language and numeracy (LLN) skills are learned, and what helps or hinders trainees in transferring their learning to their jobs.

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