Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

In this edition of the update, we have news of changes to inspections of further education and Initial Teacher Training (ITT). You'll also find information on bursaries for ITT, and you can read about the findings from the Armed Forces basic skills longitudinal study.

Teacher training - new online courses: The University of Bolton is launching a series of new part-time Initial Teacher Training courses during the next academic year. The courses will be delivered largely online, with some face to face days. See below for more information.

Functional Skills: you'll be pleased to know that the second edition of 'Making Britain Literate', by Kevin Norley, has now been published. This, together with 'Making Britain Numerate' (2nd edition), are fast becoming essential resources for functional skills teachers. See the Resources section below for more information and to order your copies.

Functional Skills ICT: CiA Training have launched new resources to teach all aspects of Functional Skills ICT at Levels 1 and 2 . Again, more info below.

We'll be producing a special 'Functional Skills Focus' edition of this e-news update (12,000+ subscribers) in the autumn. If you would like to feature your products and services in 'Functional Skills Focus', please contact us for more information.

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Functional Skills are replacing Key Skills from September 2012 - are you ready?

Functional Skills are replacing Key Skills from September 2012 - are you ready?
To support the changes, CiA Training have launched exciting learning resources designed to teach all aspects of Functional Skills ICT at Levels 1 and 2 using an innovative and engaging approach. With realistic work-based scenarios, ICT problems to solve and practice assessments to reinforce learning, these resources are ideal for use in standalone Functional Skills qualifications or as part of GCSE, apprenticeship and other Foundation Learning programmes.

Functional Skills: essential resources

Functional Skills: essential resources
Making Britain Numerate (2nd Ed) and Making Britain Literate (2nd Ed) are two workbooks written to support learners (including ESOL learners) studying Functional Skills either as part of an apprenticeship or as stand-alone qualifications. The up-to-date contextualised materials offer worked examples and a step by step guide through all areas required for achievement of functional skills maths and English. They are designed both to support learners directly and to support tutors in supporting their learners.


Functional Skills Project Manager

Functional Skills Project Manager
Scientiam, Runcorn, Cheshire

Lecturer in Skills for Life / ESOL

Lecturer in Skills for Life / ESOL
Rotherham College of Arts and Technology


Initial Teacher Training for the Lifelong Learning Sector

Initial Teacher Training for the Lifelong Learning Sector
The University of Bolton is the largest provider of pre-service teacher training for further and higher education in the UK. We use your energy, enthusiasm, talent and skill and our excellent range of teacher training courses to develop your career. In collaboration with our project partners Skills Solution (Churchgate Academy) and the Workers Educational Association, we will be launching a series of new part-time Initial Teacher Training courses during the next academic year. Development of these courses, which will be delivered largely online and supported by a series of ‘face-to-face’ days, has been funded by LSIS.


24+ Advanced Learning Loans - Latest Briefing
From the 2013/14 academic year, loans will be available for learners in Further Education and training aged 24 and above studying at Level 3 and above, including Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships. The latest briefing on loans in Further Education is now available.

Armed Forces basic skills longitudinal study published
This study focused on recruits assessed with low levels of literacy or numeracy skills on joining the Armed Forces, and the support they received during their subsequent two years in uniform.

Bursaries for Initial Teacher Training
The Institute for Learning (IfL) will disburse fee grants to support more than 2,500 part-time teacher trainees entering their second year of initial teacher training (ITT) in September 2012.

Developing Functional Skills: Learning from the Adult Pilots
This booklet, from NIACE, will be of interest to those involved in funding, planning, managing and delivering literacy and numeracy provision for adults.

Effectiveness of ESOL provision for jobseekers in London
There is currently a perverse incentive for learning providers to keep a job seeking customer on their English for speakers of other languages provision instead of encouraging them to enter into employment, argues a new report by Inclusion.

Every pupil needs a good mathematics education - Ofsted
Mathematics: made to measure, a newly published Ofsted report, emphasises the importance for every pupil to have the best possible mathematics education. The report finds three key areas in primary and secondary mathematics in schools in England which need to be improved.

Further Education teacher training incentives in Wales announced
The Minister for Education and Skills in Wales has announced new initial teacher training (ITT) incentives for eligible students undertaking postgraduate courses of further education (FE) in the 2012/13 academic year. A grant of £3,000 will be made available to eligible students training to teach Literacy and Numeracy.

Ofsted announces changes to inspections of schools, FE and skills and initial teacher education
Ofsted has announced the results of its consultation on changes to the way it inspects schools, further education and skills, and initial teacher education. The changes, which come into effect from 1 September 2012, are intended to support headteachers and principals in their work to provide the best possible education for pupils and learners.

Skilled to go resources
Skilled to go uses real life consumer situations, such as choosing a mobile phone, to help learners develop consumer skills, knowledge and confidence alongside literacy and numeracy. The FREE toolkit of resources includes games, quizzes, role plays and case studies, plus video and audio content.

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