Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

In this edition of the e-news update, we have information on Ofsted inspection changes and on reform to update English and maths Functional Skills qualifications.

If you're looking for new resources, do take a look at the information about the new exhibition sites for English and maths, which are now available through the Excellence Gateway.

Is your organisation looking to become a Member of Skills for Life Network? You can find information below on how to join.

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Resources

English Resources on the Excellence Gateway

English Resources on the Excellence Gateway
The Excellence Gateway is now fully supported by the Education and Training Foundation, and the new exhibition site for English brings together effective teaching and management resources.

Maths Resources on the Excellence Gateway

Maths Resources on the Excellence Gateway
The Excellence Gateway is now fully supported by the Education and Training Foundation, and the new exhibition site for maths brings together effective teaching and management resources.

Jobs

Chief Examiner  ESOL Skills for Life

Chief Examiner ESOL Skills for Life
Home based.

Chief Examiner, Functional Skills  English, Mathematics and ICT

Chief Examiner, Functional Skills English, Mathematics and ICT
Home based.

Functional Skills  Assessment Writers and Reviewers

Functional Skills Assessment Writers and Reviewers
Home based.

Training

Competitively priced programmes from Northumbria University

Competitively priced programmes from Northumbria University
Find out about the Diploma In Education & Training; Advanced Diploma/Diploma for Teaching English: Literacy (ALONE); Advanced Diploma/Diploma for Teaching English: Literacy & ESOL (JOINT); Advanced Diploma/Diploma for Teaching Mathematics; Diploma for Teaching Adults with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities and the BA (Hons) Post Compulsory Education & Training.

Move your career forward with your next professional development step

Move your career forward with your next professional development step
Equip yourself to teach Maths, English or SEN/LDD learners. Get started on a degree or Masters in Education. Become an assessor or verifier. Mentor the next generation of teachers. Join over a thousand people each year who choose the School of Education, Newcastle College to develop their skills, knowledge and expertise.

Opportunities from Newcastle School of Education

Opportunities from Newcastle School of Education
Find out about support for your teaching team and opportunities for Maths, English and SEN/LDD development from Newcastle School of Education

News

Changes to education inspection
Ofsted has launched far-reaching changes to the way it inspects early years provision, schools and further education and skills providers. These changes came into effect on 1 September 2015.

Cuts to adult skills and ESOL budgets
On July 20th the Skills Funding Agency announced that funding for adult skills will be reduced by a further 3.9 per cent for the 2015-16 financial year and that funding for ESOL Plus Mandation courses will be withdrawn.

Ministry of Justice calls for overhaul in prison education
In a speech at the Prisoners Learning Alliance, Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove suggested that education in prisons should be overhauled, in order to reduce re-offending.

Post-16 education and training institutions review
This document sets out how the government will support a restructure of the post-16 education and training sector through a series of area based reviews. The aim is to help create more financially stable and efficient providers and improved collaboration across the different types of institution.

Reform to update English and Maths Functional Skills qualifications
Skills Minister Nick Boles has tasked the Education and Training Foundation with setting out what a programme of reform to update English and Maths Functional Skills qualifications would involve.

Membership

Join Skills for Life Network

Join Skills for Life Network
Skills for Life Network Organisational Membership offers a range of benefits including year round promotion of your organisation, courses and services through our Training and Development Directory.

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