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Professor Jean McNiff made this powerful rallying call to the support assistants, trainers, assessors, teachers and managers who work across the prisons, training providers, workplaces and colleges in the North East and Cumbria. During a week of visits, Jean joined groups of OTLA project participants to share what it means to be a practitioner researcher in our sector.
This short unionlearn guide provides a short introduction, ideas for developing maths and English learning in the workplace and a list of useful resources for all reps to utilise in the workplace. It will also prove useful for anyone involved in workplace learning.
David Powell, Director of The Education and Training Consortium, writes on how the theories of practice architectures and ecologies of practices can enable us to understand teaching, learning and assessment differently and to transform our own practices. He describes how these theories can be applied within the context of GCSE re-sits, and outlines how the 19 education and training providers participating in the North East and Cumbria Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) are using the theories to develop and share approaches for ensuring outstanding practice across a range of contexts and topics.
The latest guidance from the Education and Skills Funding Agency states that full time students starting their study programme who have a grade 3 or D GCSE or equivalent qualification in maths and/or English must be enrolled on a GCSE, rather than an approved stepping stone qualification.
The Education and Training Foundation has published its third annual report on Initial Teacher Education (ITE). This looks at the 2014/2015 academic year. It is clear that people often undergo ITE as part of a career change, or adding teaching to an existing technical profession.
Foundation Online Learning, the online learning hub from the Education and Training Foundation, gives you access to a whole range of professional development and training. The resources are free of charge and include English and maths self-evaluation tools, and a course to help you improve the teaching of maths and English.
Two distinct but linked exemplar curricula to support the teaching of revised Functional Skills maths and English at all levels (Entry 1- Level 2) are now in development.
The group is calling for people to be required to learn English before coming to live in the UK, or be enrolled in compulsory ESOL classes when they arrive.
The latest report from the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) has shown no significant improvement for the UK in mathematics performance over the past 3 years.
The Education and Training Foundation, working with a variety of sector bodies, has produced revised guidance on the qualifications in education, training and assessment available and relevant for working in the post-16 education and training sector.
In July 2015, at the request of the then Prime Minister and Home Secretary, Dame Louise Casey was asked to undertake a review into integration and opportunity in our most isolated and deprived communities. This report sets out the findings of that review.
A new publication from The Reading Agency, Society of Chief Librarians and several partner organisations outlines the case for using bibliotherapy with patients in the form of the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme.
The revised National Careers Service website is now available, providing a better online experience, particularly for people on smart phones and tablets, as well as laptops and desk top computers. The website provides a range of information and tools to help people make informed decisions about skills, learning and work.
The Government has announced it will fully fund IT courses for adults so that digital literacy is put on a similar level to English and Maths. The programme will be funded from the existing £1.5 billion annual Adult Education Budget.
Levels of low literacy and numeracy found among young adults in the UK are among the worst in Europe, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
An exciting new UK-wide project will use reading to empower, engage and connect isolated older people, including people with dementia and their carers thanks to a £2.1 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
The Scottish Prison Service have launched their first Learning and Skills Strategy 2016 - 2021. This publication makes clear their strategic intention to ensure that everyone in their care has the opportunity to engage in creative and flexible learning that unlocks potential, inspires change and builds individual strength.
This report from Dame Sally Coates sets out recommendations relating to: the current accountability framework for delivering education, the capacity of the workforce, the learning needs of different types of prisoners, the ability of prisoners to access higher level learning, the potential for IT to support education and the services available to support prisoners to get employment and/or continue their education on release.
An update on the consultations, including the employer consultation key findings. The consultations have been designed to achieve an up-dated set of standards, functional skills subject content and, ultimately, functional skills maths and English qualifications, recognised and valued by employers.
Professor Gill Rowlands of Health Literacy UK explains why good numeracy is vital for managing your health.
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