Functional Skills - Delivery Made Easier
Delivering Functional Skills qualifications is not easy; this one day workshop is designed to help participants make delivery easier and more effective. It enables delegates from all levels of involvement and responsibility to explore how Functional Skills can be delivered in an easier way. In a day packed full of activities and discussion, participants will experience real creativity as lots of ideas are on offer.
This workshop focuses on exploring and cascading techniques and approaches that actually work; whilst simultaneously stimulating thoughts and ideas for developing delivery.
This workshop is NOT about trawling through the specifications nor is it about discussing Awarding Organisation requirements for assessment it is about identifying exciting ways to deliver Functional Skills, providing many opportunities for QUICK WINS and longer term strategies.
This workshop is designed for all those leading on or delivering Functional Skills. It will be of interest to representatives from all organisations delivering learning. This includes:
'I think it was excellent. Lots of hands on approach, learner led and gave lots of challenging questions.'
Vocational Team Leader, Hoople
'Very practical, came away with an action plan. Excellent delivery - thank you!'
College Manager, Norther College
'Good as it is both thought provoking and reflectve of current practice.'
FS Co-Ordinator, Middlesborough College
'It is a session in which you can experience a range of pedagogical approaches to delivering Functional Skills.'
Dyslexia Support Coordinator, NCC-ALS
'You will learn without realising - strongly recommend.'
Functional Skills Manager, League Football Education
Aims and Objectives
This workshop enables participants to
- appreciate the rationale for the transition to Functional Skills
- understand better the benefits on offer from Functional Skills
- share, discuss and experience delivery techniques and approaches proven effective
- identify ideas and approaches to make the teaching & learning of Functional Skills, fun and enjoyable
- experience a range of pedagogical approaches for developing and applying Functional Skills
- be aware of opportunities for additional forms of support beyond this workshop
- identify strategies for improving the functionality of Functional Skills delivery
Participants will experience a range of approaches for developing their understanding whilst exploring and exchanging ideas and approaches to use with their own learners, whether in direct contact or not. The workshop will provide opportunities to identify strategies to take away, whilst examples of emerging Functional Skill practices will be provided for discussion. Participants will be encouraged to challenge current practice within their organisations and in doing so appreciate how they might need to further develop themselves or others in their team.
The day is split into 4 related sessions, with session 2 comprising the largest proportion of the day
1. Background and Context Setting
A short session to ensure latest requirements are known and understood
- Functional Skills frameworks
- Drivers and Benefits
- Latest developments
- Outcomes, implications and opportunities of key documents, reports and reviews
2. Effective Delivery of Functional Skills
This session covers a significant part of the day
- Pedagogical approaches to developing Functional Skills
- The arrangements for Functional Skills delivery
- Key pedagogical approaches for delivery and assessment
- Relating Government (and others’) expectations to assessment
- Considering and sharing assessment methods and opportunities
- Example case studies and scenarios
3. Additional forms of support outside the workshop
- Networking opportunities
- Access to resources
4. Strategies for improving the functionality of Functional Skills by:
- Consolidating learning outcomes from today, relating to own practice
- Identify relevant and manageable development strategies, relating to own practice
- How and where time can be made available to provide focus for development
- Identifying responsibilities and timescales for strategic and operational development
Maximising Benefits from Attendance
Delegates are asked to bring along examples from their organisations, to help contextualise the learning. This could, for example (but not exclusively), be delivery or planning materials relating to existing Functional Skills, Key Skills, Basic Skills or Skills for Life programmes, such as
- schemes of work
- session plans
- timetable models
- workforce skills audits
- development plans
- LA area-wide delivery plans
- internal action plans for developing delivery
- curriculum plan
- relevant workforce job descriptions and skills audits/profiles of individuals.
Our facilitator for this workshop has been involved with Functional Skills since their inception. Studied and qualified in each of the 6 Key Skill Qualifications at levels 3 to 5, she has worked on National Strategies for the Implementation Functional Skills and inspects Functional Skills Delivery for Ofsted. She has been fully involved with the 14-19 agenda, working with schools, colleges and training providers on delivery of Key Skills, Foundation Learning Programmes and Functional Skills delivery. She was also part of a small team of 3 writing books and multi-media/blended learning resources, for a well known multi-national educational group, to help support the effective teaching and learning of Functional Skills.
The workshop provides many opportunities for open debate and challenge. It provides a range of activities to help participants understand alternative approaches to Functional Skills delivery. The activities are planned to support the development of topics to take away and develop as a result of the day.
Internal Staff Training and Development
This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.
Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.
Related Functional Skills Workshops
- Functional Skills - Delivery Made Easier
- Literacy and English: Teaching/Training Made Easier
- Numeracy and Mathematics: Teaching/Training Made Easier
Certificates of Professional Development.
This course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued by email to participants who successfully complete this course. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records. The workshop will consider how to best apply the knowledge gained by the delegates upon their return to the workplace. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits of attending and enable participants to make valued judgments when recording CPD activities