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If you're looking to develop your organisation's Functional Skills provision, you may like to take a look at the article below on the Supporting the Teaching of Functional Skills customised two-day course from the Education and Training Foundation, which is available on an in-house basis. The article also contains links to information on interactive webinars and one day courses.

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Resources

Gatehouse Books - new readers for Adult Literacy and ESOL

Gatehouse Books - new readers for Adult Literacy and ESOL
We introduce the new Building Bridges Series - 6 books which follow Jamal as he settles into life in the UK and prepares for his future.The books offer an insight into life in the UK and provide useful material for building vocabulary around everyday situations. Skills for Life Network members benefit from 10% discount on Gatehouse Books.

News

Free SEND resource launched for IAG providers and teaching staff
The SEND: Sources of Support toolkit has been designed to help learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) fulfil their ambitions and aspirations. The toolkit includes information and tools to help listen to learners with SEND, support learners into employment, learn more about Traineeships and Supported Internships and how to engage with employers.

North East and Cumbria OTLA Final Dissemination Event

North East and Cumbria OTLA Final Dissemination Event
Trainers, learning support assistants, teachers, managers, assessors, teacher trainers, leaders and academics from across the education and training sector joined together at Ramside Hall in Durham on the 18th December for an inspiring and uplifting event to celebrate the success of the North East and Cumbria Oustanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) programme.

Supporting maths and English learning in the workplace - a guide for union learning reps
This short unionlearn guide provides a short introduction, ideas for developing maths and English learning in the workplace and a list of useful resources for all reps to utilise in the workplace. It will also prove useful for anyone involved in workplace learning.

What's the difference between maths and numeracy?
This report from National Numeracy explains what numeracy is, how it 'hides' behind maths, and how we can all help to make the UK numerate.

World Book Night
World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April every year. Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don't regularly read, and are gifted through organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals who give out their own books within their communities.

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