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Skills for Life Network E-News Update1 Dec 2009

Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

The Ofsted annual report for 2008/09 has now been published, with some interesting points of note around Skills for Life provision. See below for more details.

We've added to the article on the recently published Government White Paper: 'Skills for Growth - the National Skills Strategy'. You'll now find this contains a link to a Brief Guide to the Skills Investment Strategy. The Guide, written by LSIS, gives an overview of the Government's strategy for funding learning and skills provision in 2010/2011. Click on the 'Skills for Growth' article title to read more.

Resources: do take a look at Brain Games - a new online resource that gives learners a quick and easy way to practise their literacy and numeracy skills. More info below.

Happy surfing!

Barbara Zealley
Caryn Loftus

Network Managers

Lancaster University offers 10 week modular courses designed to be taken by experienced practitioners on a stand alone basis or credited towards a Postgraduate Diploma/ Masters in Adult Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL.

Distance Learning Postgraduate Studies in Adult Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL
Lancaster University offers 10 week modular courses designed to be taken by experienced practitioners on a stand alone basis or credited towards a Postgraduate Diploma/ Masters in Adult Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL.

Jobs

Real Time Training: Southend, Watford and Bedford (1 post at each location)

Centre Manager/Tutor
Real Time Training: Southend, Watford and Bedford (1 post at each location). Closing date 11 Dec 2009

Ufi/learndirect, Leicester

Learning Support Practitioners (online Tutors)
Ufi/learndirect, Leicester. Closing date 11 Dec 2009

Interactive Development Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne

Senior Tutor (Curriculum Development)
Interactive Development Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne. Closing date 11 Dec 2009

ID Training, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Skills for Life Tutor
ID Training, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Closing date 11 Dec 2009

Private sector training provider, Manchester: 2 posts - one based in Levenshulme and one based in Rochdale

Skills for Life Tutor
Private sector training provider, Manchester: 2 posts - one based in Levenshulme and one based in Rochdale. Closing date 18 Dec 2009

Real Time Training, Gloucester

Skills for Life Tutor
Real Time Training, Gloucester. Closing date 23 Dec 2009

Gateshead Council

Skills for Life/Family Learning Casual Tutors
Gateshead Council. Closing date 7 Dec 2009

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Knowledgebase

Chatabout: inspiring adults with literacy needs to join reading groups
The Reading Agency is delighted to announce the launch of Chatabout, a unique new national network to support the growing number of reading groups for adults with literacy needs

Level 3 preparation programmes for entry to numeracy teacher training
Are you a numeracy teacher trainer? Do you find that new numeracy teacher trainees are not meeting the entry requirements for numeracy teacher training? Do you run, or would you like to run, advanced numeracy for teachers courses? This FREE one-day consultation event will trial some of the activities in a new pack designed for these courses and will brief participants on its contents.

LSIS launches new literacy and numeracy resource
Brain Games is a new software engine, developed by LSIS, which gives learners a quick and easy way to practise their literacy and numeracy skills

My Story update
Since it launched on The One Show, people across the UK have been sending in their stories to the BBC My Story competition. Fifteen stories will feature in a major five part TV series. Five people will win a major book deal with Harper Collins, AND a cash advance of £20,000. The competition closes on 16 December, so there’s still plenty of time to get those entries in!

Ofsted annual report for 2008/09 published
The report concludes that developing the core skills of literacy and numeracy remains a relatively weak area of Skills for Employment provision. Barriers include shortages of staff in work-based learning providers who are qualified in Skills for Life training, and a reluctance among employers to tackle basic skills issues.

Skills for Growth - the National Skills Strategy
The Government White Paper: 'Skills for Growth - the National Skills Strategy', published on the 11th November, marks a radical shift in some of the priorities of the current skills system

The Careers Advice Service - a valuable resource for learners
The Careers Advice Service (CAS) provides a valuable source of information for people looking to take up more formal learning, whether they want to improve their skills for personal development, to change career or return to work.

Workplace literacy schemes are too short to improve skills
The UK's first study of basic skills learning in the workplace, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), concludes that workplace basic skills courses are having little impact in their current form

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