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All of you will be able to identify a range of activities which require Functional Skills
Most of you will be able to identify resources which mght be used or adapted to embed Functional
skills into other subject areas.
Some of you will be able to explain the reasons for and advantages of, ebedding Functional Skills. Functional Skills are core elements of English, mathematics and ICT that provide an individual with essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectivly and independantly in life and work. http://curriculum.qcda.gov.uk/key-stage-3-and-4/skills/functional-skills/index.aspx (2010) Things everyone Needs to Know about Functional Skills They replace the existing Key Skills qualifications.
A decision on whether Functional Skills will replace the SKills for Life will be subject to the Functional Skills pilot (ended in Aug 2010) They can be assessed to Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2. The qualification has been available since September 2010 to leaners of any age. They are not only about knowledge of English, maths and ICT but also about how and when to use the knowldge and skills in real-life situations. The assessment of Functional SKills is deisgned to measure the competant use of skills within a real-life scenario. They have been incorporated into the new secondary curriculum, forming part of GCSEs, Apprenticeships, Diplomas and Foundation Learning, as well as being qualifications in their own right. Gaining Functional Skills Qualifications shows employers/FE/HE that learners are able to apply the skills needed, no matter which post-16 route they took. FS will be assessed by the new GCSEs but can also be taken separately. Teaching for these skills are included in the Key Stage 3 and 4 Programme of Study. Why Embed Functional Skills? We rarely solve a problem using
just our English or ICt skills in isolation,
so why learn them in isolation? Learning these skills within or along side other subjects and settings will help our learners apply them alongside other subjects and settings too. Embedding Functional Skills makes them meaningful.
Learners are then able to apply them to a wide range of practical tasks. Sticky notes task...
When have you used English, maths and ICT today? What does that actually mean?
It simply means that we use English maths and ICT skills everyday without realising. Functional Skills fomalises these skills and accredits learners for the skills they have in these areas. It also means that the important English, maths and ICT skills are being developed in other subjects and settings too. This helps learners to transfer them and apply them in many settings. For example...
Builders don't just build things, they use English to write adverts for their businesses and talk to customers. They use maths to measure, calculate and convert as well as charge the correct amount of money. They use ICT to do their book keeping, keep records of work done and type up invoices and quotes. Was the English, maths and Scince that you have done today embedded in another task or subject? So do I need to be an expert? teachers of other subjects are not expected to be specialist teachers literacy, ICT or maths BUT There will be many opportunities to help your leaners develop their functional skills within other subject areas. All of the skills that the builders use everyday are embedded. These same skills can be embedded in the classroom too.
It's like when you hide the veg under the mash - except when they are chewing it you tell them what they are eating!
When an embedded skill is being developed it's important to tell them that they are developing that skill, to build confidence and so they are aware of their own learning and development. What does embedding mean? Let's go back to the builder... Can you think of any other examples of embedded Functional Skills? Task In your small groups, create a learning activity for a class of 13 year olds. Let's review the targets
How many have you achieved?