Theory assignment 5
T5 Evaluate a range of ways to embed elements of Functional Skills, in your specialist area.
Task Notes: To be able to complete this task you need to know what Functional Skills are, so look at the following weblink – one quote from the website is shown below:
‘Functional skills are essential skills in English, mathematics and ICT that enable everyone to deal with the practical problems and challenges of life – at home, in education and at work. They are essential to all our lives. For example, they help us recognise good value deals when making purchases, in writing an effective application letter, or when using the internet to access local services or online banking. They are about using English, mathematics and ICT in everyday situations’.
‘This means that functional skills are;
(QCA online undated).
After you have read these notes, have a go at the activities and weblinks.
Embedding Functional Skills
Although functional skills are being offered as stand alone qualifications for 14-19 year old learners and some adult learners, they can also be embedded in adult programmes in one of four ways:
(adapted from the Functional Skills Support Programme accessed online at http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/pdf/5 Functional skills in my centre.pdf )
Generic teachers (not Skills for Life specialists), delivering on fully embedded programmes will need to identify opportunities for embedding functional skills within their teaching sessions.
Have a look at this web page http://rwp.qia.oxi.net/embeddedlearning/search.cfm and select some ‘settings’ to explore for embedded learning material. After you have done this for a range of settings think about how you could embed functional skills in your own specialist area.
To complete the task for T5 you are required to evaluate a range of ways to embed elements of functional skills, so when you have thought about how you could embed them in a way that your learners can demonstrate them in everyday life, you need to evaluate your choices – perhaps you could write about how useful you think embedding would be; which methods of embedding would be the most effective; whether you think learners would benefit from embedded skills and if so, in what way.
You should try to mention all 3 functional skills - although it may be difficult to embed all the skills within some subject areas – if this is the case, make sure you explain it in your task submission.
Embedded learning portal http://rwp.qia.oxi.net/embeddedlearning/search.cfm
Functional Skills Support Programme http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/pdf/5 Functional skills in my centre.pdf
Functional skills http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_6062.aspx
Topics to research/review:
You now need to consider the following through research and further reading: