Monday, 3 October 2016

Useful videos for tutors of ENGLISH AND MATHS

Latest videos for supporting Functional Skills

These are a selection of "non-ForSkills" videos that we think are useful and crucially, up to date and relevant following the Ofqual review of the exam boards last year.

Welcome to Functional Skills English - a 2 minute animated video that is good to show learners what the Functional Skills curriculum is all about.

Embedding maths in your teaching - a 7 minute animated video that covers examples from several vocational areas.

How to pass English Reading Level 2 - broadly based on the latest Edexcel specification, but relevant across the wider spectrum, a longer 12 minute video that will help tutors prepare their learners.

How the on-line ICT assessment works - a 12 minute demo/webinar video based on the new specification from NCFE.

CPD webinars for tutors of English and maths in Apprenticeships

CPD webinars for those supporting English and maths in Apprenticeships
The ETF, AELP and CETT Academy are running a series of low cost webinars covering key areas of support for English and maths including:
  • Engagement
  • Contextualisation and embedding
  • Learner anxiety and resistance
  • Employer support
  • Mentoring and motivating

Planning delivery

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Roadshow events in November for Functional Skills

What would you like to see at the ForSkills/NCFE regional roadshows
We are planning a rolling programme of roadshow events with the first set scheduled for the week of November 21st. We'll be visiting three locations around the country during the week and we'll be inviting customers as well as those looking to upgrade to SkillsBuilder and SkillsPortfolio.

Each event will feature a range of highly engaging activities including:

  • Hands on with the customer engagement team
  • Making your investment go further - ensuring that your investment is delivering maximum benefit and value for money
  • Learning from others - case study experience.
We'll have a range of subject and qualification experts at each event, but here's the crunch - what would make this event even more valuable for you? Please tell us what you would like to see at the regional roadshows by emailing me direct.

English and maths post-16 related events

Things are starting to get going on the events front so time for a quick update:

Week of November 21st - ForSkills/NCFE regional roadshow
October 27th, Coventry, Apprenticeship Levy Conference
November 28th, London, Vocational Education
December 9th, London, Post-16 Maths and English

GCSE 9-1 assessments

GCSE 1-9 Assessments
The sharp-eyed (mainly colleges) amongst our customers will have seen that the assessments for GCSE now cover the new 1-9 curriculum with even the initial assessment producing a spiky profile and overall level for guidance.

As with ALL assessments from ForSkills, and unlike other providers, our assessment system is fully adaptive so learners are not asked irrelevant questions at the wrong level plus all our questions are taken from a bank.

Why is this important? It means that learners sitting next to each other never get the same questions AND when the same learner repeats the assessment to measure progression, it's a different test!

ForSkills SkillsBuilder - simple, straightforward, fair and reasonable, that’s what we‘re trying to achieve in helping you upgrade to SkillsBuilder.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Newsletter 16 th Sept - edition 234

Another great weekly newsletter this week.

Lots of coverage of English and maths in the post-16 sector with articles on the Governments Skills Plan, Functional Skills reform and a job vacancy for English and maths engagement officer at ForSkills.

Monday, 5 September 2016

GCSE re-sit policy fails more than 70% of learners

GCSE re-sit policy fails more than 70% of 17 year olds

A very good piece of analysis was published by FE Week following the release of GCSE results data last week.

Just 27% of 17+ learners who took GCSE English achieved grade C or above leaving 93,000 failures who have wasted another year with Mark Dawe of AELP saying “Surely this is evidence enough that hitting students over the head with the same form of learning and assessment is not the way forward."

Maths was even worse with more than 120,000 failing again - just over 50,000 learners managed to turn their D into a C+.

The implications of the re-sit policy means that providers cannot offer the best or most appropriate qualification for many learners - the figures now show how big that problem really is.