Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

We have a focus on professional development in this edition of the update - see below if you're looking to develop your practice in supporting GCSE re-sit learners, and check out the Training section for news on more online CPD courses and resources. You may also be interested in:

Maths, English and Digital Skills Collaborative Practice Day
Friday 30th November, Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham

Essential updates on functional skills and phonics, the latest thinking on digital approaches, CPD workshops and great networking opportunities. More details to follow. Places are limited, so please register your interest

Best wishes

Barbara Zealley, Network Manager

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News

Funding to Improve Functional Skills Delivery
Further Education and Training providers across England have a new opportunity to collaborate on innovation projects that will support the delivery of the new maths and English Functional Skills qualifications.

New funds to boost diversity of people working in digital and tech jobs
Over £1 million will be available for initiatives which will help boost the digital skills of underrepresented groups and disabled people.

Practitioner Research Programme
The ETF Practitioner Research programme (MPhil and MA Short Course) aims to give practitioners the time and space to reflect, experiment, apply and generate their own research evidence in order to improve their practice. Bursary support is available. Closing date is the 17th of September.

Training

Introduction to Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice for Community Learning & Development

Introduction to Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice for Community Learning & Development
This is a free, introductory online module which aims to provide practitioners with an improved awareness of what dyslexia is, its impact, how it is assessed in different contexts and how it can be supported within an inclusive learning environment.

Maths and English in Apprenticeships: Interactive Webinars

Maths and English in Apprenticeships: Interactive Webinars
These seven interactive webinars are suitable for a range of staff including assessors, work-based supervisors, trainers, instructors, employers and managers involved in developing maths and English for apprentices and vocational learners.

Online taster sessions

Online taster sessions
These online taster sessions aim to increase your knowledge and confidence to better support learners with dyslexia, autism and hearing impairments.

Supporting Bilingualism and EAL

Supporting Bilingualism and EAL
Education Scotland, Glasgow City Council and SCILT (Scotland's National Centre for Languages) have produced a free online learning opportunity highlighting the benefits of bilingualism and practical strategies that teachers everywhere can use to promote and support bilingualism in their classrooms.

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