|Skills for Life Network E-News Update||20 Apr 2010|
Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update
ESOL specialists will no doubt be aware that important changes have recently been introduced in respect of the 'knowledge of language and life' requirement for people seeking settlement in the UK. You can find out full details from the news item below.
We have some news on assessment and verification: LLUK has produced a guide to the new qualifications for Assessors and Verifiers. See the article to find out more.
Functional Skills: DCSF has recently published a Functional Skills Policy Statement, further information below. You'll find that the section on Skills for Life states that: 'The government's intention is to replace the existing Skills for Life literacy and numeracy qualifications with Functional Skills qualifications from September 2012, subject to the current pilot confirming that Functional Skills qualifications effectively meet adult needs. Ministers will be advised of the impact of this in June 2010'. We will keep you posted!
The toolkit, a resource aimed at union reps and ULRs, will also be of interest to anyone working with Apprentices. The factsheets provide concise information on a range of topics related to Apprenticeships.
Assuring the quality of assessment – new guidance
LLUK has produced a guide to the new qualifications developed for the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), which cover assessment and the quality assurance of assessment. These new qualifications will supercede the exisiting assessor and verifier qualifications currently available through the NQF.
Changes to the 'knowledge of language and life' requirement for settlement
The UK Border Agency is making important changes to the ESOL provisions within the 'knowledge of language and life' requirement for people seeking settlement in the UK. These changes came into force on 7 April 2010.
Functional Skills Policy Statement published
DCSF has published a Functional Skills Policy Statement, which provides a comprehensive overview of functional skills policy and key messages.
Introducing the new unionlearn Quick Reads book - Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short gathers short stories about the world of work, written by members of trade unions. It includes true stories from builders, bakers and care workers, and is available to order now - up to 5 free copies per order.
LSIS STEM Programme
The Learning and Skills Improvement Service Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Programme is offering funding opportunities for Action Research Projects and CPD
Skills Funding Agency Update
The Skills Funding Agency has published the first issue of Update, its weekly round up of business critical information, news and views for the sector.
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