Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

In this edition of the update, we have news of bursaries of up to £20,000 being offered to train to teach maths, English or Special Educational Needs.

Also, from this term, a key recommendation of the Wolf Report will be implemented, and young people without good GCSE's in English and maths must continue to study these subjects. Find out more from the article below.

Make sure you check out the Resources section for information on functional skills and literacy resources, and see also the article on the dozens of new BBC video-clips and programmes about numeracy, functional maths and money management that are now available.

Has your organisation joined Skills for Life Network yet? Find out more below about the benefits of Membership and how to join.

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Barbara Zealley
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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.

Gatehouse Media

Gatehouse Media
Specialist provider of adult beginner readers, Entry level basic skills and ESOL resources and the award-winning tool to teach reading, Yes We Can Read. Gatehouse Media is offering Skills for Life Network members 10% discount on all orders placed on their website www.gatehousebooks.co.uk. Just quote voucher code SFL10 at the checkout.


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Adult English and Maths Research Project: Invitation
NIACE (the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) is seeking your help with a research project to understand the effectiveness of different approaches to improving adults’ English and maths skills.

Adult numeracy films
Information on the dozens of new BBC video-clips and programmes about numeracy, functional maths and money management that are now available.

Bursaries of up to £20,000 offered to teach maths, English or Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Grants of £20,000 will be offered to maths graduates to encourage them to teach in further education colleges. This will improve the skills of those choosing vocational training, especially in areas like engineering where the UK has a massive skills shortage. There will also be £9,000 available for graduates teaching English.

Online Basics courses and E3 qualifications
The Learn My Way online learning platform includes the Online Basics course, consisting of basic keyboard and mouse skills, search, email and online safety. Also included is the new Online Plus course which takes learners on to online forms, shopping, job hunting and using public services, including Universal Jobmatch.

Toolkit for Organisations that Support Disabled People
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published a toolkit for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The toolkit contains useful information for those delivering provision aimed at helping unemployed learners with disabilities into work.

Young people without good GCSEs in English and maths must continue to study the subjects
From this term, all pupils who fail to achieve a good pass – C or better – in English or maths GCSE by the time they finish secondary school must continue to study the subjects in post-16 education until they get these qualifications.

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