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Excellence Gateway - Skills for Life Interactive & Online

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) has recently passed the responsibility of managing the Skills for Life magazine, Update, and Skills for Life national conferences to the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS).  

At the same time LSIS has launch a new Skills for Life area on the Excellence Gateway which has rationalised Skills for Life websites and existing LSIS websites (including the Tools Library, Embedded Learning Portal and Supporting Dyslexic Learners). 
The Excellence Gateway now hosts an Interactive Core Curriculum Tool, which provides a new online version of the adult literacy, numeracy, ESOL curriculum and the pre-entry framework.  This is an update of the paper based version with many additional features.  We must say, the system looks great, is intuitive and looks like it could be a really useful tool in the arsenal of Skills for Life tutors.  The online resource provides:
  • Glossary of definitions, overviews and tips on teaching the curriculum in context.
  • Bookmark facility so you can easily find things of interest in the future.
  • Ability to build a portfolio, developing individual leaning programmes and schemes of work.
  • Examples of embedded learning in action.
  • Example activities, ideas suggestions and links to materials and research.
  • Links to Access for All offering support to those teaching adults with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Staff who are new to teaching Skills for Life should find this resource invaluable, and those who are old hands will now have a forum to share their good practice and ideas. Visit the Excellence Gateway and see for yourself.

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