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A web resource for Skills for Life professionals, providing weekly updates on Skills for Life issues, jobs, news, resources and events. You can network and communicate with other basic skills professionals, both nationally and within your Communities.

  • Nominations open for Festival of Learning
    Nominations are now open for the Festival of Learning 2018 awards, searching for the best stories of adult learning to showcase projects, individuals, tutors and employers who have used learning to transform their lives and the lives of others.

  • Maths and English in Apprenticeships: Interactive Webinars
    The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has commissioned touchconsulting to develop and deliver a series of interactive webinars for practitioners developing and supporting maths and English within apprenticeships and vocational education. The webinars are suitable for a range of staff including assessors, work-based supervisors, trainers, instructors, employers and managers involved in developing maths and English for apprentices and vocational learners.

  • Effective practice in the delivery and teaching of English and Mathematics to 16-18 year olds
    Report from the Department for Education on effective teaching and provision of English and mathematics to those without GCSE grades A* to C

  • Discover new materials and approaches to support the teaching and learning of functional skills
    This interactive webinar, developed and delivered by ccConsultancy and partners, will introduce you to a new set of highly engaging materials produced by Pye Tait Consulting on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation. Places are limited so register your interest now to make sure you don’t miss out!

  • Professional Development Programme to Support the Teaching of Functional Skills in Maths and English
    The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has commissioned ccConsultancy and partners to develop and deliver professional development courses for teachers of Functional Skills maths and English using a new set of materials, developed by Pye Tait Consulting on behalf of ETF, to support the teaching and learning of these qualifications.

  • Sign language users in Scotland to gain new rights
    The Scottish government is expected to announce plans to integrate the use of British Sign Language (BSL) into every element of daily and public life. It will reveal its national plan for people with hearing loss later. Measures expected to be in the plan include moves to remove barriers which prevent hearing impaired people becoming teachers. It is also likely to address "fair and equal access" to employment opportunities, including apprenticeships and internships.

  • Know Your Normal: mental health in young autistic adults
    Autism is not a mental health condition itself, but around 70-80% of children and adults on the autism spectrum have experienced mental health problems. Autistic young people have particular difficulty finding suitable help. This new report presents recommendations from a study in which young autistic people themselves were partners in an academic research project to explore their experiences and needs.

  • Empowering teaching and learning communities to effectively promote equality and celebrate diversity
    An update from Darlington Learning and Skills Service, Bishop Auckland College and South West Durham Training on their collaborative OTLA project, which aims to trial different ways of raising staff confidence around Equality and Diversity, and improve learners' access to and engagment with meaningful E&D provision.

  • North East and Cumbria OTLA Interim Dissemination Event
    Trainers, learning support assistants, teachers, managers, assessors, teacher trainers, leaders and academics from across the education and training sector joined together at Ramside Hall in Durham on the 8th September for an inspiring and uplifting event to mark the half way point in the North-East and Cumbria OTLA programme.

  • Communication Starters and Enders Cards
    The Education and Training Foundation has produced a set of cards containing short activities that can be used at the start or end of training or education sessions to help learners develop their confidence and abilities to communicate effectively.