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New Teaching Functional Skills maths and English modules

Two FREE Teaching Functional Skills Level 5 CPD modules are to take place in Coventry and Bradford soon - and places are now available to book. One at each venue is for maths teachers and one for English.

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has funded WMCETT to develop and pilot two new level 5 CPD modules to support the teaching of Functional Skills Mathematics and Functional Skills English. The pilot modules are being offered free of charge in Coventry and Bradford, and we welcome applications from across the sector.

Rationale

The requirements for all students aged 16-19 who do not achieve A*-C GCSE mathematics to continue studying the subject has created a significant challenge for post-16 education and training providers, resulting in large numbers teaching mathematics and English for the first time. The ETF is also leading the Functional Skills Reform programme and has produced revised draft subject content for Functional Skills in mathematics and English with new qualifications coming soon.

These new modules have been developed by the West Midlands Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training working in partnership with Bradford College. These courses will ensure that those responsible for teaching Functional Skills Mathematics and English are conversant with effective practice and have the confidence to teach Functional Mathematics or English to learners with skills below Level 2, and support their achievement.

Target audience

These modules are aimed at both new teachers of Functional Mathematics or Functional Skills English and those already teaching, but possibly recently transferred from other areas, including vocational teachers and assessors.

They are particularly suitable for those who do not currently hold a subject specific teaching qualification in mathematics or English. They are designed to meet the needs of all parts of the sector, including independent training providers, FE colleges, offender learning, and adult & community education.

Learning outcomes - maths

By the end of the maths sessions, participants will be able to:

  • Motivate and engage reluctant learners and address barriers to mathematics
  • Plan teaching and learning in accordance with the new draft subject content for Functional Skills Mathematics
  • Use active approaches to developing learners’ skills in:
  1. Using numbers and the number system
  2. Using measures, shape & space
  3. Handling information and data
  • Contextualise and apply mathematics to vocational learning and meaningful everyday situations
  • Plan teaching and learning in accordance with the new draft subject content for Functional Skills Mathematics
  • Develop learners’ problem-solving and decision making skills
  • Use assessment for learning approaches to support Functional Mathematics
  • Prepare learners for the requirements of summative assessment
Learning outcomes - English
  • By the end of the English sessions, participants will be able to:
  • Motivate & engage reluctant learners and address barriers to English learning
  • Plan teaching and learning in accordance with the new draft subject content for Functional Skills English
  • Use active approaches to developing learners’ skills in:
  1. Speaking, Listening & Communicating
  2. Reading
  3. Writing
  • Contextualise and apply English to vocational learning and meaningful everyday situations
  • Use assessment for learning approaches to support Functional English
  • Prepare learners for the requirements of summative assessment
Entry requirements

Completion of an application form that evidences:

A mathematics / English qualification depending which module applied for at level 2 or above

Employment in a teaching/training/assessing role in the post-16 education & training sector

Currently delivering functional skills mathematics (or due to deliver imminently)

Confirmation of support for your application from your manager and that you will be released to attend all sessions.

Accreditation

The pilot module is currently non-accredited, but learners attending 80% of the course and completing all course tasks will receive a certificate of completion.

To apply

To apply please complete the application form for maths modules or English . There are a limited number of places available on each course and places will be limited to a maximum of two per organisation.

Please send any queries to WMCETT project manager Julie Chamberlain on J.chamberlain@warwick.ac.uk .

THESE MODULES ARE NOW FULL - APPLICATIONS FOR WAITING LIST ONLY ARE AVAILABLE.

Apply for any of the four modules below here.

Dates for Teaching Functional Skills English Level 5 CPD modules:

University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL:

Fridays: May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26, June 9.

Bradford College, BD7 1AY:

Fridays: April 28, May 5, May 19, May 26, June 9.

Application form for either of the English modules here .


Dates for Teaching Functional Skills Maths Level 5 CPD modules:

University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL:

Tuesdays: May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, June 6.

Bradford College, BD7 1AY:

Fridays: April 28, May 5, May 19, May 26, June 9.

Application form for either of the maths modules here .