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Evaluate a range of ways to embed elements of Functional Skills in your specialist area.
In this task I will find out what Functional skills are and how I can evaluate ways to embed them into my specialised areas of Maths and English.
What are Functional Skills?
Functional skills are described as being practical skills used in English, ICT and Mathematics.
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The QCA have said ‘that from 2010, with the first exams in 2012, students will not be able to pass GCSE English maths or ICT without also passing Functional Skills’. That will mean that maybe 600,000 students a year are going to go through the qualification. It means that Functional Skills will become the de facto standard as without it, you won’t get credited for anything else’.
Fact: ‘September 2010 is likely to be when Functional skills qualifications in English, ICT and mathematics are available’.
I deliver Basic Skills from Entry Level 2 – Level 2 in both Maths and English. This is delivered through the use of online learning using a computer. I incorporate paper based assignments to consolidate the learning. Learners are using the 3 elements of functional skills without realising and to actually have the learners include the 3 elements into a specific subject could entail me to:
•Embed English with maths and ICT by asking a learner to write feedback relating to their course, to include adjectives to describe the course, to proof read this with no spelling mistakes. I could cover the speaking and listening by asking the learner questions relating to feedback. The reading is already in the course as there are several instructions that the learners need to follow. The learner uses ICT to access the course at learndirect website, uses the mouse to move around on screen and uses the keyboard to type in answers, but ICT can be embedded by having the learner print out assignments using specific...