Functional Skills for adults Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 09:19

Adult learning practitioner writing on a white board

For some providers, practitioners and learners, making the transition to Functional Skills will be a challenge and to help, NIACE has produced some resources on behalf of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Developing Functional Skills: Learning from the adult pilots includes feedback and case studies from colleges, offender institutions, work based learning providers, the voluntary and community sector and Local Authorities involved in Functional Skills pilots for adults. In addition, NIACE has also produced a ten point plan for delivering Functional Skills and a short film to highlight the experiences of tutors and adult learners at Leicester College.

Sue Southwood, NIACE Programme Manager, said:

"Functional Skills can support adults to tackle the skills demands of everyday life. They provide a single route to achievement, from Entry level to Level 2, for all learners in all sectors. Overall, feedback from the pilots is positive and providers recognise the benefits for adult learners. However, there are still some challenges for providers and tutors making the transition to Functional Skills and our resources aim to provide some helpful tools to overcome these."

Further sources of help to support Functional Skills for adults include:

Making the Transition - a half day seminar on 26 June for managers and practitioners, to raise awareness about the policy context of Functional Skills.

Functional Skills and Family Learning - a one day training course on 12 June to support family learning practitioners in making the transition to Functional Skills and to provide ideas, resources and practical help to get them started.

Quick Reads: A Great Way to Develop Functional Skills - provides activities to use with the 2012 Quick Reads titles and although suitable for learners at Entry Level 3 and Level 1, they may also be adapted for learners with lower-level skills. Quick Reads can provide a context for teaching Functional Skills maths and English.

Phonetics for Phonics - to help adult literacy practitioners deliver phonics confidently and accurately in their classroom practice.

Grammar for Sentence Combining - to help adult literacy practitioners understand the principles of sentence combining, which is a technique for creating compound and complex sentences from simple sentences.

Formative Assessment in Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy - provides practical ideas for lesson preparation, teaching and assessment. Relevant for all levels and contexts, it puts student autonomy at the heart of the process.

Extra Links