Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

A Happy New Year to everyone!

We have details of a number of key reports in this edition of the update, including the 2011 Skills for Life Survey report, which presents the initial headline findings from the survey.

There is also the recently published 'New Challenges, New Chances: Further Education and Skills System Reform Plan'. This sets out a plans to re-establish the terms 'English' and 'Maths' for adults, to prioritise young adults who lack English and Maths skills and those adults not in employment, and to fund GCSE English and Maths qualifications from September 2012.

Finally, you may also wish to take a look at the Review of research and evaluation on improving adult literacy and numeracy skills.

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Barbara Zealley
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Resources

Yes We Can Read wins The People

Yes We Can Read wins The People's Book Prize 2011 Award for Special Achievement...
...and Yes We Can Read projects win awards for innovation and work to improve reading. Yes We Can Read, a phonics-based programme to teach reading one-to-one for learners aged from 8 to 80, is transforming the teaching of reading at a grass roots level. Yes We Can Read guides anyone who can read fluently to teach a non-reader or poor reader to read, for meaning and for fun.

Jobs

Skills for Life Tutors (2 posts)

Skills for Life Tutors (2 posts)
ID Training, North East

Tutors, Assessors and Verifiers

Tutors, Assessors and Verifiers
Forster Community College, Bradford

Welfare Assistant

Welfare Assistant
Rotherham College of Arts and Technology

Training

LSIS Functional Skills CPD events in the North of England

LSIS Functional Skills CPD events in the North of England
Summations Ltd are pleased to be organising a series of Functional Skills CPD events on behalf of LSIS. The events will be held in February and March in the North of England.

Supporting CPD in the regions

Supporting CPD in the regions
Friday 10th February 2012, Teaching and Learning Centre, Newcastle College. With support from the IfL, Success North is putting together a day of presentations and workshops aimed at education practitioners, managers and employers involved in the learning and skills sector.

News

2011 Skills for Life Survey
This report presents the initial headline findings from the 2011 Skills for Life Survey. Some key findings are: overall 57 per cent of respondents achieved a Level 2 or above score in literacy, which is a large increase from 44 per cent in 2003. However, 85 per cent of respondents achieved Level 1 or above in literacy, with 15 per cent performing at Entry Level 3 or below. This represents no significant change since 2003. There has also been a small decline in numeracy levels.

Plan of action for Skills for Life
In the recently published 'New Challenges, New Chances: Further Education and Skills System Reform Plan', the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS) sets out plans to re-establish the terms ‘English’ and ‘Maths’ for adults, to prioritise young adults who lack English and Maths skills and those adults not in employment, and to fund GCSE English and Maths qualifications from September 2012.

Review of research and evaluation on improving adult literacy and numeracy skills
This Review, published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, finds that learner progress in literacy is greater where teachers have qualified teacher status, and in numeracy where teachers are qualified in maths to Level 3 or above (irrespective of qualified teacher status). Another key finding is that the growing range of demands and contexts for reading and writing, and for using and manipulating numeric data, is further evidence in favour of a focus on functional skills.

Wales: a guide to funding for adult learners
This guide from the Welsh Government aims to help adult learners find out about the funding for education and training that is available to them.

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