Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

In this edition, you'll find information on the most recent DfE evaluation report on the pilot of the linked pair of GCSEs in mathematics. We also have an update on the Six Book Challenge.

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Resources

What

What's new from Tribal?
Tribal's learning platform, Advance Learning Zone, has now been enhanced with a new Employability assessment, designed to support your key objectives in relation to the DWP ESF Workless Families contract. The use of this online tool can help you simplify, streamline and reduce costs in identifying the support and skills each learner needs to gain in order to become employable in today’s marketplace.

Jobs

Skills for Life Numeracy Tutors

Skills for Life Numeracy Tutors
National Consortium of Colleges, England - all regions

Skills for Life Sessional Tutors

Skills for Life Sessional Tutors
Pre-school Learning Alliance, South Division initially, then across areas

Skills for Life Tutors (2 posts)

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

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.

News

Independent evaluation of the pilot of the linked pair of GCSEs in mathematics
The DfE has published the second of seven formative evaluation reports on the pilot of the linked pair of GCSEs in mathematics.

Ofsted Annual Report
The Ofsted Annual Report is published in an interactive format, and there is an accompanying video which includes the learning and skills highlights of the report. There are also interesting key findings about literacy and numeracy.

Post-16 support for those in need: a personal viewpoint
A recent Ofsted report found that too few young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities leave school and go on to complete programmes that will help them live independently, study further or gain employment. This news feature on the Ofsted website aims to give an insight into the issues involved.

Requires improvement judgement for the learning and skills sector
Ofsted has announced plans to replace the 'satisfactory' grade for school inspections with a 'requires improvement' judgement. Ofsted has released this statement and will consult with the learning and skills sector on making the same change for the Common Inspection Framework from September 2012.

Six Book Challenge
The Six Book Challenge aims to empower adults to enjoy reading and improve Skills for Life, and the Top Ten bestselling author Adele Parks has now launched the 2012 Challenge.

The Register of Training Organisations
Following an extensive review and evaluation of the Approved College and Training Organisation Register (ACTOR) during 2011, a new register, the Register of Training Organisations, has been launched by The Skills Funding Agency.

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