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Skills for Life Network is a key news, information and signposting resource for teachers, managers, supporters and learners of functional skills and GCSE maths and English, digital skills, ESOL, employability and SEND.

Developed in 2003 by practitioners Barbara Zealley and Caryn Loftus, Skills for Life Network was subsequently part funded by the Learning and Skills Council and played a key role in communicating the Government’s Skills for Life Strategy.

Fully self-supporting since 2007, Skills for Life Network is managed by an editorial team and inspired by a vibrant community of subject specialists who are actively engaged in supporting teaching and learning in the Further Education and Training sector.

The Skills for Life Network website currently has 50,000+ unique users per year, and our monthly e-news update has 5000+ active subscribers. Principal areas of interest are:

  • Functional skills and GCSE maths and English
  • ESOL
  • Essential Digital Skills
  • Employability Skills
  • Dyslexia, Specific Learning Difficulties and Learning Disabilities

Our audience includes: Learners, Tutors, Trainers, Assessors, Verifiers, Heads of School, Curriculum Leaders, Principals, Volunteers, Learning Support Workers, Teacher Trainers, Trainee Teachers and Supporters, individuals looking to move into teaching, employers and independent consultants.

There is a representation from a wide range of sectors and organisations, including: Further Education Colleges; Adult and Community Learning; Work-based Learning; Foundation Learning; Workplace Learning; Independent Specialist Colleges; Offender Learning; Universities/Higher Education providers and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

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Skills for Jobs

Skills for Jobs White Paper

The Skills for Jobs White Paper sets out reforms for transforming post-16 education and training, boosting skills and getting more people into work.

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Functional Skills

Functional skills are practical skills in English, mathematics and ICT that enable learners to deal with practical problems and challenges.

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Employability Skills

Employability defines the knowledge, skills, attitude and behaviour you need to get work, stay in work and do your job well. These are employability skills.

Rethinking the role of the Advanced Practitioner

Rethinking the role of the Advanced Practitioner

This evaluation of Year 3 of the #APConnect professional development programme for Advanced Practitioners provides an inspiring review of how APs across the country are shaping, driving and supporting quality improvement across the sector.

Train the Trainers in Advanced Practice

Train the Trainers in Advanced Practice

The #APConnect Northstar Train the Trainers in Advanced Practice pathway is an exciting, fresh and cutting-edge professional development opportunity for experienced Advanced Practitioners. 

EdTech Support Programme

EdTech Support Programme

The Manchester College offers fully-funded CPD to staff from all ESFA funded providers as part of their EdTech Support Programme.