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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 5000+ unique users per month, and our monthly e-news update has 1500+ 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 Life Network E-News Update February 2023

Skills for Life Network E-News Update March 2023

Check out the Skills for Life Network E-News Update March 2023 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.

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