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Key Skills Support Project

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Skills for Life Network

Judy Carrick, Regional Development Co-ordinator for the LSDA Key Skills Support Project in the North East, writes on the consultancy and support available to those of us involved in Key Skills delivery

‘Key Skills play a large part of the Skills for Life agenda in the region. Here is a brief update about the Key Skills Support Programme’s activity and people in the North East supporting work in key skills.

Free training

Our region has almost 50 free training sessions from a selection of 21 topics to offer in schools and colleges, tailor made to fit your own requirements and timed to meet your needs. These are delivered by regional trainers who have both experience and expertise in making the key skills work. Whether you want to update assessment staff or internal moderators, look at active teaching and learning strategies for individual skills, build better portfolios or prepare for the inspection of your key skills provision, this training can help support your staff. To access this training, contact Amy Butler at or Judy Carrick on 07761 278158.

Need friendly support?

Join the local provider network. Our local school and college providers meet several times each year to share good practice and hear the latest news in the skills agenda. This is a friendly group and we pride ourselves on making all new members feel at home and able to enjoy the experiences and discoveries of the more experienced providers and teams. To join, contact Amy Butler on 0118 902 1246 or Judy Carrick on 07761 278158.

Want good advice?

The programme also offers free consultancy to help centres audit their current provision and plan sustainable improvement over time. Consultants can help you start up a new programme of key skills, too, or just help individual coordinators who are facing problems managing or delivering key skills. To access this free consultancy support, phone the Help Line on 0870 872 8081. The Help Line also tackles your questions every day during business hours and takes your requests for our free resources.


The Key Skills Support Programme produces a wide range of printed materials, DVDs, CD ROMs and web materials to help you. To access these, call the Help Line on 0870 872 8081. Our website offers you up to date information, shared resources and links to key sites. Another site, offers learners a chance to test their knowledge, learn skills and practise them in two challenging games.

Just want a point of contact?

If you want to discuss key skills or plan a programme of support for your centre,contact us. Judy Carrick is your Regional Development Coordinator (LSDA) for schools, colleges, probation and HE. Ian Sinclair is the Regional Development Coordinator for Learning for Work, dealing with workplace providers, prisons and charities. He can be reached at Together they represent a programme offering you free support, training, advice and materials tailored to your needs.

Judy Carrick 

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