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If you haven't yet attended any of the Functional Skills Regional Network events, do take a look at the information below on the November meetings. These will provide you with an update on developments, as well as the opportunity to network and share emerging practice with other practitioners.

You'll also see that there are Introduction to Functional Skills events being held soon. These are available only to QCA pilot centres that didn't manage to attend the summer events. Full details are in the article.

Happy surfing!

Barbara Zealley
Caryn Loftus

Network Managers

Featuring news of Tribal's sponsorship of the prestigious National Skills for Life Conferences, prize draw competitions (win some of our great software titles) and new enhancements to our popular Target Skills Gold  resource

Resources, Events and Special Offers from Tribal
Featuring news of Tribal's sponsorship of the prestigious National Skills for Life Conferences, prize draw competitions (win some of our great software titles) and new enhancements to our popular Target Skills Gold resource

Jobs

Wakefield Adult and Community Education Service

0.5 Family Literacy, Language and Numeracy teacher
Wakefield Adult and Community Education Service. Closing date 15 Oct 2008

Wakefield Adult and Community Education Service

0.5 Senior Tutor, Skills for Life Numeracy Lead
Wakefield Adult and Community Education Service. Closing date 15 Oct 2008

Havering Adult College, Romford, Essex

Assistant Curriculum Manager – ESOL
Havering Adult College, Romford, Essex. Closing date 8 Oct 2008

Morthyng Vocational College: 3 Posts based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, 1 Post based in Birkenhead, The Wirral

Basic Skills Tutor (4 posts)
Morthyng Vocational College: 3 Posts based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, 1 Post based in Birkenhead, The Wirral. Closing date 24 Oct 2008

Training Plus merseyside, North West

Key Skills Teacher
Training Plus merseyside, North West. Closing date 3 Nov 2008

Rotherham College

Lecturer in Skills for Life Train to Gain
Rotherham College. Closing date 15 Oct 2008

Bradford College

Part-time Lecturers - Skills for Life ESOL
Bradford College. Closing date 16 Oct 2008

Havering Adult College, Romford, Essex

Sessional Tutors - Family Learning and Maths
Havering Adult College, Romford, Essex. Closing date 20 Oct 2008

WEA West Midlands region: Birmingham, The Black Country, Coventry, Dudley, Telford and the Wrekin, Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent and Hereford and Worcester

Sessional Tutors (ESOL, Literacy and Numeracy)
WEA West Midlands region: Birmingham, The Black Country, Coventry, Dudley, Telford and the Wrekin, Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent and Hereford and Worcester. Closing date 17 Oct 2008

J and K Training Ltd, Yorkshire, Humberside and the North West Region

Skills for Life Training Officers
J and K Training Ltd, Yorkshire, Humberside and the North West Region. Closing date 17 Oct 2008

Real Time Training, South East

Skills for Life Tutors
Real Time Training, South East. Closing date 4 Nov 2008

Dyslexia Action: South Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

Skills for Life Tutors
Dyslexia Action: South Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Closing date 13 Oct 2008

Nord Anglia Vocational Education and Training Services, Harrogate

Vocational Education Lecturer
Nord Anglia Vocational Education and Training Services, Harrogate. Closing date 9 Oct 2008

Knowledgebase

Developing Speaking and Listening Skills
“Reading and writing float on a sea of talk…” November 4th 2008, Leeds: a free event that aims to help you explore and share good practice in developing speaking and listening skills

Family Learning Festival: October 2008
This year, to celebrate 10 years of promoting family learning, Family Learning Week becomes a whole month with the Family Learning Festival 2008

Films of Effective Practice
A new resource for Skills for Life trainers and practitioners

Functional Skills Events
Following the high demand for the recent 27 ‘Introduction to Functional Skills’ events held over the summer, 6 further events are being held for English, Mathematics and ICT practitioners in QCA functional skills pilot centres

Functional Skills Regional Networks
QIA is running a series of regional network meetings for functional skills pilot and non-pilot centres to allow managers and practitioners the opportunity to be updated on functional skills developments, to network with other practitioners and to share emerging practice

Get Online Day - 24 October 2008
Get online day aims to get families into UK online centres across England and show them how they could save time, hassle and money online

Get qualified to teach English and Maths to adults
The QIA Skills for Life Improvement Programme has updated course listings for literacy, numeracy and ESOL teacher training programmes

Ofsted Report on ESOL in the post-compulsory learning and skills sector
The Ofsted report, published on Friday 3rd October 2008, on the quality of provision of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) found that provision has improved steadily and only 1 of the 16 colleges visited were judged less than satisfactory

Report on Scotland's Adult Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2007/08
This report gathers together examples of adult literacies projects and initiatives across Scotland and illustrates the success and progress of adult literacies work

Six Book Challenge
The Reading Agency has now announced new materials for 2009

The Big Plus Football Academy
A new online learning resource with seven enjoyable football games designed to help people develop their reading, writing and number skills

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