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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.

Black British Book Map

Black British Book Map

The National Literacy Trust have created a digital map of Black and Black British authors, illustrators, publishers and bookshops from all over the UK.

Inclusion Network

Essential Skills & Inclusion Network meeting

The next meeting of the Essential Skills and Inclusion Network will be held online on the 11th of November. All Practitioners of English, Maths, ESOL, SEND and digital skills working in the prison sector are welcome.

SEND Community of Practice

SEND Community of Practice

The next meeting of this SEND Community of Practice will be held online from 2.30pm to 4pm on the 25th November 2022 (no charge).

The Education and Training Foundation

Teaching functional skills – Level 5 courses

Are you a teacher of maths or English functional skills in the FE and Training sector? If so, make sure you check out the Level 5 courses on offer from the Education and Training Foundation.