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Have you made your nomination for the LSIS STAR
Star Award nominations now
The Learning and Skills Improvement
Service (LSIS) wants your help to identify the unsung heroes of the
further education (FE), learning and skills sector. They are
looking for tutors, trainers, managers and support staff who make a
real difference and regularly give over and above what is expected
of them in their every day roles.
Since the launch of the STAR Awards in 2003,
over £150,000 in development funding and prize money has been given
to winners and highly commended nominees who have used this money
to improve their skills, gain new experiences and ultimately
benefit learners. With a wide range of categories for individuals
and teams, the STAR Awards cover all aspects of FE provision and
are open to those in teaching and non-teaching roles.
Anyone can nominate including learners,
colleagues and managers. The 2008 winners included a cook, a
principal and a course leader.
Nomination packs, including a whole host of
materials that can be used to encourage staff and learners to
nominate, have now been posted to all further education providers.
If you’re yet to receive your pack, visit the STAR website to
request one today – www.starawards.lsis.org.uk
Making a nomination is simple and you can do it
one of three ways:
1. log on to www.starawards.lsis.org.uk and make
a nomination online;
2. fill in a paper nomination form available
from your nomination pack or by ringing LSIS on 0854 225 4523;
3. ring LSIS on 0845 225 4523 and they will take
your nomination over the telephone.
As an added incentive, LSIS will be entering
everyone who nominates in to a free monthly prize draw to win one
of four technology-based prizes. You can nominate as many
individuals or teams as you wish between now and 12 June
Do you know a Skills for Life STAR? Someone who goes the extra
mile and whose dedication and expertise improves the prospects of
learners every day?
Then nominate then NOW!
Revised Skills for Life Core
Curriculum on Excellence Gateway
The LSIS Excellence Gateway is now
hosting the Skills for Life Core Curriculum in literacy, numeracy
and ESOL and the pre-entry curriculum framework in a new online
This online tool is an updated version of the
original paper-based core curriculum, with additional features. The
online curriculum has been revised for accuracy, to increase
clarity and make the information more accessible to a wider range
of professionals in the FE sector.
Once registered, you will be able to:
- Enjoy easy access to the user-friendly interface and find tips
on teaching the curriculum in context.
- Quickly find useful content that can be bookmarked for future
- Build a personal core curriculum portfolio.
- Find new material offering examples of embedded learning in
- Explore a wide range of examples and discover links to other
materials and research.
- Find support through ‘Access for All’ for teaching adults with
learning difficulties and disabilities.
- Access and use the curriculum flexibly and creatively.
- Join the Excellence Gateway online community where ideas and
innovation can be shared and developed.
Registration is simple and takes just a couple
of minutes. To access the new Skills for Life Core Curriculum,
please visit: http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/sflcurriculum
Skills for Life Improvement Programme In
Read articles in Basic Skills Professional Development
Pages 4-6 Integrated literacy and numeracy
teacher training - Sally Bird
Pages 6-7 Observing embedded learning
Pages 17-18 Beautiful subject:
Additional Diploma in teaching Mathematics - Diane Rawlings
Very high levels of provider satisfaction
Read the Provider Satisfaction survey
Read Case Studies of provider success
The language of
citizenship: activities for ESOL learners
education is essential for ESOL learners who are having to become
familiar with a different culture and political system. Citizenship
can give ESOL learners the confidence and skills to become
integrated members of communities, which become more socially
cohesive as a result. This pack of resources focuses on the needs
of learners aged 16-19 and contains activities which can be used
with learners as part of a citizenship programme or in
free-standing ESOL classes. The pack is available to download or
order free of charge from the Post-16 Citizenship Support
numeracy - get qualified - find out more about mathematics and
numeracy teaching and learning