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Skills for Life Network News
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.

  • Free networking and CPD taster events
    Sign up now for these fully funded events! You'll have the chance to try some of the activities from the CPD courses offered by the Education and Training Foundation, get advice and guidance on the best courses to meet your needs, find out about the free support available to you and network with your peers.

  • Mental health - how can we support our learners?
    Mo Ollier of Focused Training writes about the mental health issues faced by young people in FE, and how developing and implementing an effective mental health strategy can support learner wellbeing, engagement and achievement.

  • Which students benefit from retaking maths and English GCSEs post-16?
    Research by Cambridge Assessment shows that 53 per cent of the students retaking GCSE English and 60 per cent of those retaking GCSE maths did not improve their grade. The report concludes that there might be more fitting solutions or alternative pathways to enable students' English and Mathematics skills to develop further.

  • Maths and English CPD
    An update on current CPD opportunities available to support your personal skills and teaching approaches, and to help you and your organisation improve outcomes in maths and English.

  • GCSE new grading scale: factsheets
    Information about the new GCSE grades for learners, employers and further and higher education providers.

  • Current teaching practice in using a system of phonics with post-16 learners
    This research was undertaken to investigate current experiences of teaching reading, writing and word level skills, with a particular focus on literacy practitioners who are teaching Functional Skills English at entry level.

  • Developing Advanced Practitioners
    Three cohorts of Advanced Practitioners (APs) have now undertaken the first two days of a new 3-day CPD programme from the Education and Training Foundation. New and experienced APs from across England and the sector attended the training, with representation from offender learning, Adult and Community Learning, Independent Training Providers, the Third sector and Colleges.

  • Understanding the Role of Advanced Practitioners in FE
    This research outlines the use and perceived impact of advanced practitioners to date, highlights effective practice, and provides practical illustrations and learning points for others seeking more effective ways to work with teachers, coaches, assessors and trainers to develop their practice.

  • InTuition Exploring maths and English supplements
    The summer issue of InTuition features maths and English supplements exploring developments in maths and English education and training.

  • Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice
    This free introductory module, developed by Education Scotland and partners, will provide practitioners with an improved awareness of dyslexia, how it is assessed in different contexts and how it can be supported within an inclusive learning environment.