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Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

As you will no doubt be aware, the Skills for Life qualifications are approved for use until 2010, and a decision needs to be made on what qualification provision there should be after then. The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) is currently undertaking an evaluation of the current Skills for Life qualifications, and there is now an online survey available for you to complete. See the article below to access the survey and have your say!

Other points of note: you'll see we have an update on Functional Skills from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and news of the latest Get On campaign.

Finally, if you're based in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, do check out the Training Directory at www.pdnet.org.uk. You'll find current information on Skills for Life teacher training and professional development programmes in the region, including an update on ESOL Teacher Training programmes at Kirklees College.

Happy surfing!

Barbara Zealley
Caryn Loftus

Network Managers

Resources

Sure Skills is a suite of fully interactive e-courses that match the National Adult Curricula in Literacy and Numeracy at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2

Sure Skills from Heinemann
Sure Skills is a suite of fully interactive e-courses that match the National Adult Curricula in Literacy and Numeracy at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2

The Sentence Focus series from Avantibooks is a range of teaching material, which covers all the criteria of the national curriculum for Reading and Writing, Sentence Focus

The Sentence Focus series from Avantibooks
The Sentence Focus series from Avantibooks is a range of teaching material, which covers all the criteria of the national curriculum for Reading and Writing, Sentence Focus

Jobs

Park Lane College, Leeds

Assessor – Skills for Life in the Workplace
Park Lane College, Leeds. Closing date 30 Jan 2009

City College Plymouth

Dyslexia Assessor
City College Plymouth. Closing date 20 Feb 2009

Leeds Thomas Danby

ESOL in Children’s Centres: Project Co-ordinator
Leeds Thomas Danby. Closing date 30 Jan 2009

Leeds Thomas Danby

ESOL in Children's Centres: Part Time Tutors – ESOL
Leeds Thomas Danby. Closing date 30 Jan 2009

Leeds Thomas Danby

ESOL in Children's Centres: Programme Tutor – Family Learning and ESOL (3 posts)
Leeds Thomas Danby. Closing date 30 Jan 2009

Leeds Thomas Danby

ESOL in Children's Centres: Project Monitoring Officer
Leeds Thomas Danby. Closing date 30 Jan 2009

Brooklands College, Weybridge, Surrey

Head of School - Adult Skills for Life
Brooklands College, Weybridge, Surrey. Closing date 6 Feb 2009

East Berkshire College, Langley

Lead Tutor/Lecturer - ESOL
East Berkshire College, Langley. Closing date 29 Jan 2009

Bradford College

Lecturer in Skills for Life - Employer Engagement
Bradford College. Closing date 6 Feb 2009

Bradford College

Lecturer in Skills for Life - Language
Bradford College. Closing date 6 Feb 2009

Craven College,  Skipton, North Yorkshire

Part-time Lecturers - Literacy, Numeracy, ESOL
Craven College, Skipton, North Yorkshire. Closing date 29 Jan 2009

Bradford College, Bradford

Part-time Lecturers in Skills for Life
Bradford College, Bradford. Closing date 30 Jan 2009

Redcar and Cleveland Adult Learning Service

Sessional Tutors - Literacy, Numeracy, ESOL
Redcar and Cleveland Adult Learning Service. Closing date 6 Feb 2009

Hull College

Skills for Life Trainer/Consultant
Hull College. Closing date 28 Jan 2009

Accent Community Partnerships, Bradford

Skills for Life Tutor
Accent Community Partnerships, Bradford. Closing date 2 Feb 2009

Hull College, Harrogate

Skills for Life Tutor - Literacy/or Numeracy (Based at Harrogate College)
Hull College, Harrogate. Closing date 28 Jan 2009

City of York Council

Work Based Flexible Learning Skills for Life Tutor - Numeracy
City of York Council. Closing date 6 Feb 2009

Knowledgebase

Benefits of ESOL training for businesses
The Campaign for Learning, a national charity, is undertaking research to explore the benefits of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) training for businesses/organisations, and needs your help

Delivering Language, Literacy and Numeracy in the Context of Finance
Free one day training for literacy, language and numeracy and/or family learning tutors, leading to this Level 2 qualification - Friday 6th February, National Skills Academy for Financial Services, 155 East India Dock Road, London E14 6DA

E-Guides Events
Information on free, one day events available to tutors who have been on the E-Guides training programme or have had the programme cascaded to them within their organisation, and news of the E-Guides National Event 2009

Evaluation of the Skills for Life qualifications
The Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) has commissioned this evaluation, which aims to review whether the Skills for Life qualifications remain fit-for-purpose in the context of World Class Skills

Functional Skills - Guidance for Practitioners
An update on the latest Functional Skills (FS) pilot developments, information on the support available during the pilot phase of the programme and an update on the position of the new Functional Skills qualifications in relation to the Skills for Life qualifications

Get On campaign update
Calling all football fans! Get On football-themed materials available and a national competition to get the nation writing new football chants

Heading for Success
Heading for Success is an initiative involving football club/education provider partnerships delivering Skills for Life teaching in a football-based context

Literacy and ESOL - shared and distinctive knowledge, understanding and professional practice
Lifelong Learning UK has issued a companion guide to the Application of the Professional Standards for Teachers of English (literacy and ESOL) in the Lifelong Learning Sector (LLUK, 2007)

New family reading resource launched online
Children’s books website, www.ReadingZone.com, has launched a new reading resource for families trying to find the best books for their children

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