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Issue#9 Thursday, 1 April 2010

POSITIVE ABOUT LITERACIES E-NEWS LETTER This is the Eighth Edition of PAL E-news letter. In this issue of this newsletter, we will bring you what is taking place in the world of Literacies & Numeracies in Glasgow. Friday’s are for any problems that you have or anything that you would to get help with that includes Information Communication Technology (ICT). Question?, Do you have a copy of the have a copy of the Curriculum Framework? If you require a copy, please give me a call! Attached to Enews Letter PDF File (WWTG 2009.Pdf): Women - Where to Go Information Booklet The Glasgow Violence against Women have produced the above pamphlet which has been designed to be used both by women looking for services and for workers who are looking to access services for the women, children and young people they support.

Information on up coming: • Events – Training and Meetings • Reports – Changes in delivery • Jobs – current recruitment opportunities • Resources – to use with Learners • Training – improve your skill level • Research –you can submit your experience as a ALN Tutor • Extra – other items • Moved On – Volunteers that have Progressed ☺

EVENTS: Adult Learners’ Week 15th–21st May 2010 This year’s theme is; "Going Back to our Roots" – which will focus on the significance of Access and Inclusion to ensure people from all walks of life can, and do, participate in lifelong learning. For further details see the Scottish Learning Partnership website or call 0800 100 900. Scottish Learning Festival 2010 This year's Scottish Learning Festival will be held on 22nd and 23rd September, at the SECC and Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow. If you have any queries regarding SLF 2010, please email the team at: - Scottish Learning Festival 1


Issue#9 Thursday, 1 April 2010

REPORT S: Two thirds of Scots pupils can't write properly: - by Fiona MacLeod, Article from the Scotsman Published Date: 24 February 2010 Note: Youth Literacies age range 16 to 25years old. Two-Thirds of 13-year-olds are failing to reach expected standards of writing, according to a major Scottish education report. This will have an impact on Literacy services in the next 3 to 5 years to come when students leave school. By then their will be Youth Literacy tutors to handle this Youth Literacy age 16 to 25 years old, just depends on the organization but please read the article and draw your own conclusions on the state of schooling in Scotland Scotsman 2/3's Article SQA is conducting a survey about the continuing professional development (CPD) of teachers, tutors, trainers and other staff involved in the planning and delivering of lessons, which may include formal and informal learning. The survey asks about their experience of using e-resources and if they would be interested in undertaking a new Professional Development Award (PDA) in E-Practitioner skills? Please ask your teachers/trainers and any other staff involved to find some time to respond to this survey, as their opinions are important to SQA and help us develop qualifications for you. The link to the survey is below, either click the link or alternatively paste the link into your web browser. The survey will take no more then 10 minutes to complete and your feedback will be invaluable. SQA Survey Link The survey will close on April 21st – all responses should be completed by then. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

JOBS: GWL is going through exciting times, with expansion in its staff team, forthcoming relocation to the Mitchell Library and current scoping of the potential to attain accreditation as Scotland’s National Women’s Library. We are seeking to recruit 2 committed, imaginative individuals with the vision to develop and manage ground-breaking services in a unique 2


Issue#9 Thursday, 1 April 2010 environment. You should be able to embrace a challenging role in a dynamic team, and be passionate about the positive role and potential of learning, libraries and cultural organisations in people’s lives. Business Development Worker* This new post will take the lead role in developing a range of social enterprise activities within GWL, generating income to support our charitable aims whilst complementing our existing services and activities. The successful candidate will be committed to equality and social justice, able to demonstrate specialist knowledge and expertise in business development and be a skilled and effective communicator. Fixed term contract, this post is funded by the Scottish Government until 31st March 2011. Salary: AP5 SCP 32 (£27,780 per annum) Full time: 35 hours per week Download: Business Development Worker Job Description and Person Specification Business Development Worker Application Form

Adult Literacy and Numeracy Project Development Worker Required to undertake the further development of a core GWL provision. Previous experience of adult literacy and numeracy work and a knowledge of women’s and social exclusion issues are essential. The successful candidate will be based at Glasgow Women’s Library but will be involved in work with partner agencies and groups. Some evening and weekend work may be required. Fixed term contract, this post is funded by the Glasgow Community Learning Strategy Partnership / Glasgow City Council until 31st March 2011. Salary: AP5 SCP 32 (£27,780 per annum) Full time: 35 hours per week Download: ALN Worker Job Description and Person Specification ALN Worker Application Form These posts are open to women only and are exempt under Section 7 (ii) d & e of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. Closing date for completed applications for both posts: 5pm, Friday 23rd April 2010. Sue John Strategic Development Manager Glasgow Women's Library 81 Parnie Street Glasgow G1 5RH 3


Issue#9 Thursday, 1 April 2010 Tel/Fax: 0141 552 8345 What have women ever done for Scotland? Nothing! 'Women on the Shelf' is our new fundraising initiative. See our website for details Women's Library Link - find out how you can support GWL and be involved in our new big adventure!

RESOURCES: New Online Access to Free Learning and Teaching Resources Jorum provides access to free learning and teaching resources, created and contributed by teaching staff from UK Further and Higher Education Institutions. Jorum offers two collections including Jorum Open, which is free to anyone. Jorum contains a wide variety of resources, including open website for further details. educational resources. See

TRAINING: News Flash PAL Training Update:PAL will be running training in April 27th 2010 time 5pm until 7pm from our offices at 78-80 Tollcross Road. In the next Issue April 16th will have what will be delivered at this session also Literacy update as we come close to the end of this financial year and what next past March 2010. Can you contact me to let me know if you plan to attend please? Need to know by Friday 22nd April 2010. Agenda for this event sent out next week Sean hurl is off on holiday this week and would like to discuss what we plan to deliver. O One item will be the Getting Started Course (ITALL short course) if you want to brush up on your Literacy Teaching Skills because it has been that long maybe a Refresh or you might know someone that wants to Volunteer.

RESEARCH Research Findings - Third Sector Approaches to Bridging the Distance from the Employment Market for People with Multiple and Complex Needs An evidence review on how third sector organisations engage with people who face multiple and complex needs and bridge their distance from the employment market. For full report click here.

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Issue#9 Thursday, 1 April 2010

EXTRA: Communities Scotland will be moving offices and will now be under the same roof as Learning, Teaching Scotland. The new Address for Communities Scotland The Communities Team, Learning and Teaching Scotland, The Optima, 58 Robertson Street, Glasgow, G2 8DU All email will still go to the staff members; later this year they may be a change of email address and their will be more news as the two Organizations work as one major body for Education in Scotland, a move that will benefit us all.

"It's Never Too Late" (until end of Programme) The next stage in The Big Plus awareness raising campaign is the sponsorship of a brand new TV series made by STV called "It's Never Too Late". Did you like this programme? Let me know what you liked about this programme and maybe we can view our opinions when we meet later this month.

MOVED ON: None of the Volunteers have left this month but if you where promised a placement please get in touch with myself Raymond Ward News Letter compiled by – Sean Hurl & Raymond Ward ALN Tutors/Literacy & Numeracy Development Officers

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