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In this edition of the update, we have news of a new type of maths qualification for post-16 students, called Core Maths. This is aimed at those pupils who achieve a grade C or above at GCSE, but who do not go on to study maths at AS or A Level. We also have details of the announcement by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock of the creation of a world leading research centre focused on improving adult literacy and numeracy.

Jobs: Wakefield Adult and Community Education Service are looking to recruit a Tutor (ESOL and English).

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Resources

New ESOL readers from Gatehouse Books

New ESOL readers from Gatehouse Books
The Liz and Joe Series is a collection of reading books for new readers, and particularly suitable for ESOL learners. These short stories, illustrated with colour photographs and presented in a comic book style, are a fun way to build vocabulary around daily life.

Jobs

Tutor  ESOL & English

Tutor ESOL & English
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Training

Update from Newcastle School of Education at Newcastle College

Update from Newcastle School of Education at Newcastle College
Information on specialist PGCE and Foundation degree programmes for English/Literacy/ESOL, Maths/Numeracy and LDD/SEN, bursaries and Maths and English enhancement programmes.

News

Adult basic skills and social inclusion: Call for examples
NIACE (the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) is drawing together examples of current adult basic skills provision aimed at social inclusion. They are looking for inspirational examples of practice from a range of contexts across Europe.

DfE gives more details of the plan to introduce Core Maths qualifications
The Department for Education has given more details of how a new type of maths qualification, called Core Maths, will be introduced for post-16 students. It is aimed at those pupils who achieve a grade C or above at GCSE, but who do not go on to study maths at AS or A Level.

Functional Maths activity
This sometimes, always, never activity from NCETM for functional and vocational maths can be used to start a session or to review learning at the end of a session.

Good practice resource - Supporting learners with mental health difficulties
This example describes how Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service (HAFLS) provides for learners with mental health difficulties.

Government sets up world leading adult literacy and numeracy research centre
The new Centre will deliver an ambitious programme of research, exploring how behavioural science can help improve adult literacy and numeracy and how this can be scaled up and applied by UK government policy makers.

PISA creative problem solving tests - England ranked 11th
PISA reports English students perform better at problem solving than students in countries with similar maths and reading results.

Top authors Martina Cole and Andy McNab hit the road to champion reading for pleasure
Bestselling authors Martina Cole and Andy McNab will be clocking up the miles during May and June 2014, travelling the country celebrating the success of national charity The Reading Agency's Six Book Challenge reading for pleasure programme.

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