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- key points from the first session of our Teaching Functional Skills course

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Session 1

  1. 1. West Suffolk ConsortiumFunctional English & Maths Julia Smith Bob Read
  2. 2. Objectives clarify the content & structure of the course highlight current issues in Functional Skills delivery identify some key messages and teaching approaches to be explored in specialist sessions introduce the purpose, format and features of our course blog
  3. 3. The Great Big Functional SkillsQuiz…prizes!True or False – Stand up, Sit down or True/False Entry Level FS are assessed internally They must be taken in one sitting You are allowed to explain the vocabulary in the test Functional skill exam questions are not in the GCSE All assessment records should be kept for a minimum of 5 years Spelling is checked within maths
  4. 4. The Big Quiz contd… How many students at school are passing… How does this compare to colleges? Work based learning? Prison! What makes the difference?
  5. 5. What are the key issues? On a post-it write down what you think the biggest issues are A) in learners being successful B) in learners not being successful
  6. 6. Did you mention these? Where the exams came from… Students don’t know how to think… What resources are available… Skills transfer… An understanding of the qualification…
  7. 7. Chief Examiners Reports Learners fail when they are not entered at a level for which they are ready They need specific exam preparation time If a learner has chosen the wrong data but correctly performed calculations they will not achieve because the “overall results must be reasonable”. Learners cannot be given achievement if they have made a major error even if the calculations are correct. “If the candidate has omitted any significant part of the task, even with 8/10, they have not achieved” (p6 assessment pack for maths)
  8. 8. The Key Teaching Issues -MathsLearners often don’t know where to startIdentifying which information they need – red herrings!Learners struggle to make decisions – making a choice and playing a roleLiteracy difficulties – both reading and writingPresentation of work, data, numbersChecking & evidencing checking – reverse calculations, estimating and magnitudeExplaining what they have done and whyCopying errorsUsing a calculator – mindless number crunchers!Specific detail – units, labels, headings
  9. 9. The Key Teaching Issues –English… Writing, writing writing…colloquial, grammar, capitals, sentence construction, tense agreements They don’t write enough and what is there is littered with errors – even insufficient evidence Speaking and listening – is not a reading assessment – best practice: ensure that any supporting notes/ppt have suggestions for improvement Reading for a purpose – many difficulties in this Using a dictionary
  10. 10. Accessibility Learners with difficulties/differences should always be accommodated for They are entitled to a scribe, reader, large font They are put in for exams en masse, when they are not ready perhaps
  11. 11. Ofsted Good Practice DV8 Training
  12. 12. The problem solving process Here’s a problem Peter’s cube Your challenge is to make a 3d cube with a letter on the outside of each face just by folding the paper
  13. 13. Active Learning in FunctionalSkills Teaching
  14. 14. Two Active Learning tasks what kind of skills would pupils be using in completing these tasks? how are the tasks and the skills relevant to the demands of Functional English and Maths programmes?
  15. 15. Active Learning in Functional SkillsTeaching practical, decision making tasks collaborative working confidence in coping with the challenges of problem solving teacher: asking rather than telling pupils: reasoning rather than answer guessing
  16. 16. Active Learning pupils: active cognitively, not just in behaviour! transferable skills - ‘how could we use this skill in other contexts?’ need to balance active learning with graded skills development
  17. 17. Course Blog
  18. 18. Question Time… ??????
  19. 19. Objectives clarify the content & structure of the course highlight current issues in Functional Skills delivery identify some key messages and teaching approaches to be explored in specialist sessions introduce the purpose, format and features of our course blog
  20. 20. Review… On 3 post-its write down  1 thing you have learned from today  1 thing that has surprised you  1 thing you still want to know

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