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ICT Skill for Life – have your say

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Visit the ICT Skill for Life Pathfinder Project and join in the discussion forums

ICT was designated as the new Skill for Life in the 2003 White Paper ’21st Century skills – Realising Our Potential’.

The upshot of this decision was the establishment of an ICT user skills strategy intended to equip people with the skills they need to function effectively. Work has been underway since 2003 to ascertain the practical implications of the decision to identify a new skill for life and, more latterly, how this links to Functional Skills developments.

The ICT Pathfinder Project currently involves 100 varied centres nationally. It is the latest stage in the development of policy and practice relating to ICT as a Skill for Life. The project aims to develop and pilot approaches to delivering the ICT Skills for Life curriculum in a variety of settings. The work is being managed on behalf of the DfES by a consortium led by KPMG LLP with CTAD and e-skills UK. The project team is seeking to engage a wide range of interested parties and has a project website with discussion forums and postings of related information. Topics have included:

  • teacher resources
  • functional skills
  • teaching methodology
  • funding and
  • professional development

Join in and have your say by going to and clicking on the Public Arena. There may be opportunities for Centres to join the project from September. People who are interested should contact the Project Office Manager at

The ICT SfL curriculum document is available at will find a copy of the ICT Skill for Life Pathfinder Project report in Downloads.

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