Life Skills

Why are functional skills important?

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Functional skills are important because they provide the skills, knowledge and understanding for young people and adults to progress in work, education and life.

It relates to transferring to learner’s ability to solve problems to real-life contexts. Functional skills are the fundamental English, Maths and ICT skills to aid their working and personal lives. People can study for these qualifications in practical ways. 

This blog post explains what functional skills are and why they are important.

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How adult learning helps students achieve their potential

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Adult learning refers to education, courses and training that is designed for adults. It can also be defined as the provision of instructed learning events for adults who usually act or who have acted in working life.

Adult education may be arranged with specific individuals in mind. Alternatively, it may be sourced by the adult directly.

This blog post explains the benefits of adult learning and how it can help students achieve their potential.

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Mental Health tips for parents and children

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The United Kingdom has outlined new measures to order to tackle the coronavirus pandemic which will affect everyone.

The vast majority of shops will close and police will intervene on gatherings of more than two people. People are only allowed to leave their homes for essential travel to work, food shopping and to exercise once per day.

Many people are now fearing the effect of a lockdown on their mental health?

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Night school proposal: achieve your potential through online learning

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Part time learning was once accessed by tens of thousands of adults through night schools – but due to funding cuts, many institutions have had to close. Following Baroness Alison Wolf’s appointment as skills policy adviser to the prime minister, they could be set for a revival.  

Flexible learning is an essential option in education with a large number of people hoping to improve job and career prospects through further training. However, night school cutbacks have also coincided with an increase in online learning.

What are the benefits of night schools and online learning? And why are night schools set to be revived?

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What are the top 10 benefits of CPD?

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The benefits of CPD impact on professionals, organisations and the community as a whole. 

CPD covers the whole spectrum of automotive learning. It is much more than just formal training. By utilising CPD you are maintaining and developing skills which enables you to perform as effectively as possible. It is a business essential, as it means that individuals are improving and therefore the company has knowledge and expertise to outperform competitors.

But what is CPD? Why is it a necessary essential? And what are the top 10 benefits of CPD?

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5 simple strategies…to teach children how to spot fake news

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Fake news is everywhere and, if adults are susceptible, children are even more vulnerable to being hoodwinked by it.

A report delivered by the Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills found that half of children are worried about being unable to spot fake news while only 2% of them have the critical literacy skills to assess whether a story is fake or not.

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5 simple strategies…to encourage gender neutrality in schools

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Gender neutrality in schools can have an impact on the wellbeing and attainment of all pupils.

The idea has shot to prominence due to press panic about the implications when, really, a growing body of experts from around the world are highlighting the benefits of gender neutrality not just on transgender pupils but on the wider student body.

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How trying and failing can teach students to overcome problems

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Over time there have been more than few vocal commentators who relish an opportunity to criticise the ways in which students are seemingly wrapped in cotton wool. In some environments, children are not taught about failing and every attempt to achieve is considered a success.

Yet amongst all the hyperbole and media bias, there’s an important question at the centre of it all – do they have a point? And more importantly, should we allow our children to try and fail?

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