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Skills for Life Network E- News Update29 Jun 2010

Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E- News Update

We have a very busy edition of the e-news update! Some key points of note, in addition to the summary of the budget and news on the Skills Funding Agency priorities, are on professional development.

We have the latest news on DTLLS programmes available through the Newcastle College Teaching Development Centre, and on the Technology for Learning conference being held on Friday 9th July at Newcastle College.

Selby College is offering a range of Level 5 Additional Diploma programmes and Bridging Courses, with short intensive study mode options on offer.

If you're looking for a flexible route to an MA, do take a look at the information about the online, distance learning MA in from the University of Sheffield. You'll also see that the Centre for the Study of New Literacies International Conference is being held in Sheffield on the 2nd and 3rd of July, so hurry if you'd like to book a place.

Happy surfing!

Barbara Zealley
Caryn Loftus

Network Managers

Resources

Real life, relevant resources – we know that this is what you want and need.  FUN Resources has been set up to make your job easier.  We provide materials at the click of a button and ready to use now.  With Functional Skills being with us from September and Foundation Learning influencing the programmes you deliver, new resources are available to meet these new challenges.

Introducing FUN Resources
Real life, relevant resources – we know that this is what you want and need. FUN Resources has been set up to make your job easier. We provide materials at the click of a button and ready to use now. With Functional Skills being with us from September and Foundation Learning influencing the programmes you deliver, new resources are available to meet these new challenges.

Jobs

JHP Training: 2 posts - Ashton under Lyne, Greater Manchester, and Darlington

Co-ordinator - Employability Team
JHP Training: 2 posts - Ashton under Lyne, Greater Manchester, and Darlington. Closing date 12 Jul 2010

Oldham Lifelong Learning Service

Family Learning Tutors
Oldham Lifelong Learning Service. Closing date 1 Jul 2010

Wigan and Leigh College

Lecturer A – Literacy, Skills for Life
Wigan and Leigh College. Closing date 9 Jul 2010

Wigan and Leigh College

Lecturer A – Numeracy, Skills for Life
Wigan and Leigh College. Closing date 9 Jul 2010

Rotherham College of Arts and Technology

Lecturer in Skills for Life / ESOL
Rotherham College of Arts and Technology. Closing date 2 Jul 2010

International Learning Centre, Wigan and South Liverpool

Skills for Life Tutors
International Learning Centre, Wigan and South Liverpool. Closing date 2 Jul 2010

Training & Development

Kate Pahl of the University of Sheffield writes on the range of Continuing Professional Development opportunities on offer to adult literacy professionals, including an online, distance learning MA programme that you can undertake at anytime, any place and at a pace to suit you

CPD opportunities for adult literacy professionals at the University of Sheffield
Kate Pahl of the University of Sheffield writes on the range of Continuing Professional Development opportunities on offer to adult literacy professionals, including an online, distance learning MA programme that you can undertake at anytime, any place and at a pace to suit you

Latest news on DTLLS programmes available through the Centre

Teacher training programmes at Newcastle College Teaching Development Centre
Latest news on DTLLS programmes available through the Centre

Knowledgebase

ALM International Journal
The latest edition of the Adults Learning Mathematics International Journal is available to download free of charge, and includes articles on 'People’s mathematics in working life: Why is it invisible?' and 'Adults Learning Mathematics: What We Should Know About Betting and Bookkeeping?'

BIS funding letter to Skills Funding Agency
Vince Cable has written to the Skills Funding Agency with a new set of priorities in the agency’s grant letter for 2010-11. Priorities include increasing the number of apprenticeships places; reducing the number of 18-24 year olds not in employment, education or training; and encouraging more people to participate in adult and community learning.

Emergency Budget
Some key points of note on the coalition government's emergency budget, which aims to ensure that debt is falling as a share of GDP by 2014-15

The Centre for the Study of New Literacies International Conference, University of Sheffield, 2nd - 3rd July 2010. A conference across two days for all those involved in Literacy Education, with reports from research and practice in the form of e-presentations, keynote speeches, and smaller seminar sessions and workshops.

Identity and Digital Texts: Sites of Possibility
The Centre for the Study of New Literacies International Conference, University of Sheffield, 2nd - 3rd July 2010. A conference across two days for all those involved in Literacy Education, with reports from research and practice in the form of e-presentations, keynote speeches, and smaller seminar sessions and workshops.

Level 5 Additional Diploma programmes and Bridging Courses
Selby College is inviting applicactions for its suite of programmes aimed at people wishing to undertake a Level 5 Subject Specialist qualification. Both part time and short intensive study mode options are available.

NANAMIC National Conference
The National Association for Numeracy and Mathematics in Colleges will hold its annual conference and AGM on Thursday the 1st of July at The Stables, High Melton, Doncaster

NCETM National Conference
The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) National Conference – “The Teacher as Researcher: Personal Stories and Possible Structures”, will be held on the 19th of October 2010, in Birmingham.

New freedoms for colleges announced
The government has set out a series of measures to ‘set colleges free from unnecessary bureaucracy’, as the first stage of a new skills strategy. A key change will be the removal of the requirement for Ofsted inspections of colleges rated as outstanding, unless their performance drops.

Skilled to go workshop
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will be hosting a free workshop in London on the 8th of July for teachers who would like to learn more about its online consumer education toolkit, Skilled to go

Updated ESOL Citizenship Materials now available
The new publication: Citizenship Materials for ESOL Learners was launched in London on Monday 21 June 2010, at the first of a series of regional workshops entitled Active Citizenship: Active Communities. The publication aims to support ESOL learners who wish to apply for UK citizenship or settlement.

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