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Skills for Life Network E-News Update8 Sep 2009

Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

We have a very busy edition of the e-news update for you! A couple of points of note:

Information on the LSIS Skills for Life Conferences is now available, and you can register your interest online.

If you would like to apply for funding available to support Numeracy/Mathematics action research projects in 2009-10, you'll see that the deadline is very close - 11th September. More information below.

The Learning and Skills Council has recently released a new fact sheet entitled 'Initial Assessment for Skills for Life including delivery in Train to Gain'. See the article to access the fact sheet.

Finally - today is International Literacy Day! Visit the UNESCO website for more info.

Happy surfing!

Barbara Zealley
Caryn Loftus

Network Managers

Lancaster University Post-Graduate Courses in Adult Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL are an established part of the professional development scene. Our programme of blended learning modules continues into its 7th year with a range of courses designed to fit into busy professional lives and responding to the continually changing fields of adult and further education.

Lancaster University Post-Graduate Courses in Adult Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL
Lancaster University Post-Graduate Courses in Adult Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL are an established part of the professional development scene. Our programme of blended learning modules continues into its 7th year with a range of courses designed to fit into busy professional lives and responding to the continually changing fields of adult and further education.

Jobs

Education Bradford

Family Learning Tutor/Officer
Education Bradford. Closing date 28 Sep 2009

Redcar and Cleveland Adult Learning Service

Sessional Tutors - Literacy, Numeracy, ESOL
Redcar and Cleveland Adult Learning Service. Closing date 11 Sep 2009

Stockton Borough Council, Stockton on Tees

Skills for Life Tutor
Stockton Borough Council, Stockton on Tees. Closing date 15 Sep 2009

Knowledgebase

Functional Skills Support Programme
The Functional Skills Support Programme (FSSP) is designed to prepare practitioners, leaders and managers to introduce functional skills in your centre, and is available free of charge to all schools and post-16 education and training centres

Funding available to support Numeracy/Mathematics action research projects 2009-10
Are you interested in developing your practitioner enquiry skills or using action research to improve the quality of teaching and learning? Or perhaps you have an idea for a project that would support quality improvement within your organisation? If so, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) would like to hear from you.

Initial Assessment for Skills for Life including delivery in Train to Gain
This new fact sheet sets out the national LSC expectation around initial assessment for Skills for Life learning and provides guidance to support best practice as regards screening and assessment

Level 5 Additional Diploma in Teaching Mathematics (Numeracy) courses
Selby College is running two Diploma courses and a numeracy bridging course, starting soon

My Story Update
My Story will be launched on BBC One, The One Show in the week of 7th September. My Story is a competition and a story sharing project which creates an opportunity for practitioners in both formal and informal learning to get people thinking about and writing their stories.

National Skills for Life Conferences 2009
The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) National Skills for Life Conferences 2009 - 'Changing Lives through innovation and excellence' will take place in London (3rd November), Leeds (18th November) and Birmingham (23rd November)

NCETM CPD Standard: briefing and dissemination event, York, 22 September 2009
Is your organisation a provider of mathematics Continuing Professional Development (CPD)? If so, you may want to join the other organisations who have already achieved the recently-developed NCETM Standard for CPD.

New diplomas struggle with functional skills, inquiry finds
A newly published Ofsted report states that schools have struggled with the functional skills aspects of the new diploma

Ofsted report on family learning
This report states that children who take part in learning sessions designed to engage their parents as well, show improved communication, confidence and interpersonal skills

Raising expectations for adult learners
A revised framework for the inspection of the further education and skills sector has been launched by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted)

Train to Gain: Developing the skills of the workforce
This report from the National Audit Office concludes that Train to Gain is achieving growth in training that employers value, but taxpayers have a right to expect that much more than half of the public funding should result in training that would not otherwise have occurred

Training the Numeracy Teacher Trainers
Free five-day course for teacher educators. Preston: Mon 26th, Tues 27th, Weds 28th October and Sat 9th and 16th Jan 10.00am - 4.00pm

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