The Skills for Life strategy (2001) promised better training
for teachers, tutors and trainers and those supporting learners
with language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) needs. The
refreshed Skills for Life strategy
‘Changing Lives’ (2009) remains committed to ensuring we have
enough fully trained numeracy, literacy and ESOL teachers to meet
increased demand for courses. The strategy further commits to
growing the capacity of the wider workforce - those who support
teaching and learning and those who offer advice, guidance and
support for learners.
As a result, providers in the lifelong learning sector are
experiencing a time of rapid change and development in regulations
and requirements for Skills for Life professionals.
Organisations are facing the challenge of producing clear,
realistic, coherent plans for Skills for Life staff
The following materials have been developed for and by
providers involved in professional development planning for
literacy, numeracy and ESOL. Please use and adapt them to suit your
own contexts and goals.
- Materials to support professional development
Activities and information
- Key messages for professional
This is a list of key good practice messages from the Skills for
Life Improvement Programme national professional development
planning report of 2007/08.
key messages for professional development planning Nov
- Policy and context
Background and information about government policies and
developments relating to literacy, numeracy and ESOL qualifications
for teachers and those is roles in the wider workforce.
PDP policy and context ppt. Mar 2009
- Roles, responsibilities, qualifications and
This table describes key roles in the lifelong learning workforce
and offers information about qualifications and training required
by regulation and recommended as good practice.
Roles and responsibilities table Mar 2009
- Professional development for assessors who support
This paper was produced as a useful reference for consultants and
providers in the Skills for Life for World Class Skills Train to
Gain Effective Practice Projects. It is relevant to all who support
or develop learners’ English (literacy or ESOL) or Maths (numeracy)
skills, whether those learners are aiming for Skills for Life, Key
Skills, Functional Skills or other related qualifications.
Professional development for assessors Mar 2009
- Continuing professional development cycles and online
This information sheet introduces key elements of the continuing
professional development (CPD) cycle for teachers, tutors and
trainers in the lifelong learning sector. It describes three useful
online tools for recording CPD: from the National Centre for
Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM), the Institute for
Learning (Reflect), and the Teaching and Learning Project.
CPD cycle and online tools Nov 2008
Exemplars for learning settings
These exemplars are intended for professional
development planning advisers and providers involved in
professional development planning for literacy, language and
numeracy. The providers described here have been created for
training and support purposes. The practice and activity
described is drawn from good practice encountered on the Skills for
Life Improvement Programme and the Skills for Life in World Class
Hertford Adult and Family Learning Service and
Nottingham Hairdressing Training Agency describe their experience
of professional development planning for literacy, language and
Taking stock and planning ahead
Hairdressing professionals at the
cutting edge of staff development
Templates and proformas
The documents attached here are intended to
support providers conducting a qualifications audit for literacy,
language and numeracy.
PDP questionnaire for LLN teachers 2009
PDP questionnaire for LLN support roles 2009
guidance on using the PDP quals audit questionnaires 2009
PDP qualifications matrix template 2009
PDP qualifications matrix guide 2009
PDP personal interview summary template Jan 09
PDP qualifications planning template Mar 09
PDP organisation planning template Mar 09
Professional Development Planning for Building
This booklet describes the professional development planning
activity carried out by organisations in 2007.
Development Planning for Building Staff Teams
Professional Development Planning Pack 4th
This pack was developed in 2007 to support orgainisations with
their professional development planning.
The pack offers:
- activities for awareness raising sessions
- materials to support staff qualification audits
- sample organisation professional development plans
Development Planning Pack 4th Edition