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You'll see that Independent Review of Professionalism: Final Report has now been published. A key conclusion of the report is that teachers of English and maths and those working with students with learning difficulties or disabilities should have specialist qualifications.

We also have information on interim funding arrangements for English and maths qualifications. See below for full details.

Jobs: Yum Restaurants International (KFC), Barnsley MBC Adult and Family Learning, Calderdale College and Wakefield Adult and Community Education Service are all currently recruiting.

New Members: we welcome Skills for Life Training Solutions Ltd Is your organisation a Member of Skills for Life Network? If not, see below to find out how to join us.

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Resources

Engaging Functional Skills and OCR Cambridge Nationals resources from CiA Training

Engaging Functional Skills and OCR Cambridge Nationals resources from CiA Training
Resources are now available for Units R001-4 of the OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT, and for Functional Skills ICT at Levels 1 and 2.

Forward with Phonics

Forward with Phonics
The books 'Phonics Resources for Older Learners' and 'Phonics Stories for Older Learners' aim to provide tutors in the 14-19 sector, adult literacy and ESOL departments with photocopiable resources that will enable them to use phonics to improve the reading and spelling of their learners.

Yes We Can Read is an award-winning one-to-one reading tool for learners aged from 8 to 80

Yes We Can Read is an award-winning one-to-one reading tool for learners aged from 8 to 80
Yes We Can Read is a phonics-based programme to develop reading for meaning. It has a unique photo-alphabet which makes it particularly helpful for learners with dyslexia.

Jobs

Functional English Tutor

Functional English Tutor
Barnsley MBC Adult and Family Learning Service

Functional Skills Consultant Tutors

Functional Skills Consultant Tutors
KFC (Yum Restaurants International). Southern England, North East England and Scotland.

Functional Skills Maths Trainer (0.8 role)

Functional Skills Maths Trainer (0.8 role)
Calderdale College, Yorkshire & Humber

Maths Senior Tutor (1 post) and ILM, Business Administration, Customer Service Tutor (1 post)

Maths Senior Tutor (1 post) and ILM, Business Administration, Customer Service Tutor (1 post)
Wakefield Adult and Community Education Service (ACES)

Training

Courses starting soon at Newcastle College

Courses starting soon at Newcastle College
Information on a new programme for LDD specialists and on the Masters in Lifelong Learning and Professional Development.

Trinity College London Teacher Seminars

Trinity College London Teacher Seminars
Trinity College London is holding its annual UK ESOL Teacher Seminars in November 2012. These seminars are open to teaching staff from Trinity UK ESOL registered centres.

News

English and Maths Qualifications 2012/13
A challenging timescale around development and accreditation means that the new qualifications are not yet available on the QCF. To minimise any gaps in provision that this may cause, the Skills Funding Agency has agreed to fund courses that lead towards the English and Maths qualifications currently submitted to Ofqual; this will be done under the auspices of the Innovation Code.

FE Teacher/Trainer Qualifications Review
You can give your views and comments on the proposed changes via an online questionnaire and at a series of LSIS led events.

Independent Inquiry into Family Learning launched
A NIACE-led Independent Inquiry into Family Learning (England and Wales) to establish the impact of learning in families and how it contributes to key government agendas, has been launched.

Independent Review of Professionalism: Final Report
The report endorses the creation of a further education Guild, and recommends that teachers of English and maths and those working with students with learning difficulties or disabilities should have specialist qualifications rather than relying on past qualifications or experiences.

New Functional Skills Partnership (Scotland)
CACHE and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) have signed a partnership agreement, launching Functional Skills qualifications as part of the CACHE Apprenticeship package.

Reading is a lifeline for blind people according to new research
New research reveals that reading plays a vital role in the lives of blind and partially sighted people, helping them to overcome daily challenges, boosting mental well-being, enabling them to develop learning and skills and providing opportunities for social contact through reading groups.

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