Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

You'll see we have an update on a number of resources for teaching and learning in this edition of the e-news update. Our Resources section has been revised - do take a look here. If you would like to suggest resources for inclusion on the Skills for Life Network website, you can get in touch with us using our enquiry form.

Do you have first line responsibility for English and maths teachers in your organisation? If so you may like to take a look at the information on the new 'Leading Teaching and Learning for maths and English managers' CPD programme.

Jobs: you'll see that the WEA are looking to recruit Skills for life Tutors for the East Midlands region. If you're looking to recruit, you can find out how to advertise with us here.

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Resources

Foundation Online Learning

Foundation Online Learning
The Foundation Online Learning environment, available via the Education and Training Foundation website, is for you if you are working in the UK education and training sector. Here you will find online learning programmes to support you in improving organisational performance and learning delivery. The programmes will also contribute to your continuing professional development.

Functional Skills: essential resources

Functional Skills: essential resources
Making Britain Numerate (2nd Ed) and Making Britain Literate (2nd Ed) are two workbooks written to support learners (including ESOL learners) studying Functional Skills either as part of an apprenticeship or as stand-alone qualifications. The up-to-date contextualised materials offer worked examples and a step by step guide through all areas required for achievement of functional skills maths and English. They are designed both to support learners directly and to support tutors in supporting their learners.

New Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment exhibition site

New Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment exhibition site
The new outstanding teaching, learning and assessment (OTLA) exhibition site provides a range of materials for practitioners, managers and leaders across the sector. You can find the OTLA exhibition site on the Excellence Gateway.

Resilience: Stories of Adult Learning

Resilience: Stories of Adult Learning
These stories and multimedia resources can be used by friends, family, tutors, libraries, enrolment, and of course learners themselves. Whether it is getting back in to education in the first place or looking at how you might progress in what you are doing, there is a story.

Jobs

Skills for Life Tutors in the East Midlands

Skills for Life Tutors in the East Midlands
We are looking to recruit new Skills for Life Tutors in the East Midlands region which covers Lincoln, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Northampton.

Training

New Exciting CPD Opportunity for Maths and English Managers

New Exciting CPD Opportunity for Maths and English Managers
Are you new to managing or coordinating maths and/or English provision in your organisation? Are you looking for innovative CPD combining management theory, practical cross organisational solutions, peer support and confidence to tackle maths and/or English challenges? Join us and your peers to (re) imagine yourself as a leader. Engage in fresh thinking to co-construct affirmative solutions to the maths and/or English challenges you face.

Northumbria University

Northumbria University
Northumbria University Post Compulsory Education & Training Department is the lead partner for the Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training - 'Inclusive Practice' and offers a wide range of teacher training, professional development and post-graduate study programmes. Find out about our PGCE and DipHE programmes, the BA (Hons) (Top -up), the Advanced Diploma/Diploma for Teaching Mathematics: Numeracy, the Advanced Diploma for Teaching English: Literacy and the Advanced Diploma/Diploma for Teaching English: Literacy & ESOL

News

Joseph Rowntree Foundation highlights importance of improving maths and English skills
The Foundation's comprehensive strategy: 'We can solve poverty in the UK', sets out recommendations on how all of us can act to solve poverty, and highlights how improving skills in reading, writing and numeracy can help people of all ages into sustained employment.

New enriched QTLS available from September
From September 2016, the Society for Education and Training (SET) has introduced a new and enriched QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills). QTLS is a professional status that you can gain by successfully completing professional formation. Underpinned by the professional standards, this new enhanced professional development opportunity will help you to consolidate your existing practice as well as develop new skills and knowledge.

New reading friends for older people supported by 2.1 million grant
An exciting new UK-wide project will use reading to empower, engage and connect isolated older people, including people with dementia and their carers thanks to a £2.1 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

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