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As you'll be aware, reformed Functional Skills will be introduced in September 2019. The reformed subject content consultation is now open, and will run from the 12th of September until the 7th of November 2017. Your views are sought on the proposed content for all five qualification levels in mathematics and English. Further information below - do make sure you have your say!

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BookBench at HMP Manchester inspires prisoners to explore literature
Throughout the summer, benches shaped like open books popped up across Manchester to celebrate the city's love of reading. 58 BookBench sculptures, installed as part of the Read Manchester campaign, were decorated with literary designs by local schools and community groups.

Communication Starters and Enders Cards
The Education and Training Foundation has produced a set of cards containing short activities that can be used at the start or end of training or education sessions to help learners develop their confidence and abilities to communicate effectively.

Consultation on reformed subject content for Functional Skills qualifications
Reformed Functional Skills will be introduced in September 2019. The reformed subject content consultation document asks questions on the proposed content for all five qualification levels in mathematics and English. The consultation will run from 12 September until 07 November 2017. Make sure you have your say!

Practitioner Research Programme and Masters Qualification
Teachers, trainers and education leaders working in the Further Education (FE) and Training sector are being encouraged to sign up to an innovative practitioner-research support programme, which provides a valuable opportunity to improve practice in the sector and gain a Masters qualification at the same time. These programmes are free of charge and come with a small bursary fund for employers to support remission time for research.

Sharing Lives, Sharing Languages: A Pilot Project for New Scots' Social and Language Integration
Building on a peer education model, this project, designed, developed and implemented by the Scottish Refugee Council, enabled peer groups to bring together non-native English speakers and local community members under the coordination of peer educators.

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