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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.

Improving wellbeing

Improving wellbeing

This 90-minute interactive webinar from AELP will help you understand how to improve the wellbeing of your staff.

Skills for Life Network E-News Update May 2022

Skills for Life Network E-News Update May 2022

Check out the Skills for Life Network E-News Update May 2022 for a round up of what’s new and what’s happening in maths, English, ESOL and digital skills in the FE and Training sector.

Maths and English Summit

Maths and English Summit

On Tuesday 24th of  May 2022, AELP in partnership with The Skills Network will run the Maths and English Summit, which will give providers the opportunity to come together to attend a dedicated event focusing solely on maths and English provision.

Taking Teaching Further

Taking Teaching Further

Round five of the DfE-funded Taking Teaching Further initiative that supports providers to recruit teachers, including maths, English and SEND specialists, is now open.

All about using Flipgrid

All about using Flipgrid

In this podcast Saima Hanif, ESOL Lecturer at Hopwood Hall College and a participant in the Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment programme, gives us an engaging insight into using Flipgrid with ESOL learners.

ESOL WordWall Quizzes

ESOL WordWall Quizzes

This knowledge organiser/vocabulary crib sheet for Entry 3 Reading includes two WordWall quizzes for learners to test their understanding.