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Teaching Functional Skills English and Maths Level 5 CPD courses available for 2019-20

WMCETT is to continue to delivering two Level 5 CPD modules to support the teaching of Functional Skills Maths and Functional Skills English throughout the 2019-20 academic year.

If your organisation is interested in hosting a course at a reduced group rate, the cost is:

  • £3,680 for the five-day course for up to 16 of your staff
  • £2,600 for the five day course for up to 10 of your staff, with other places available for booking by external candidates

Please contact WMCETT project manager Julie Chamberlain on J.chamberlain@warwick.ac.uk 

The Level 5 modules are now being delivered as part of a contract from ETF sub-contracted to WMCETT from Skills and Education Group. The modules take account of the new Functional Skills content, and as more Awarding Organisations release sample assessment papers these are also being incorporated. You can view a screencast introduction to the courses here .

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. Both courses can either be held over five days, with sessions usually about a week apart, or through a blended learning programme with three days face-to-face, three 90-minute webinars and eight hours of independent online learning.

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 aimed at those who do not currently hold a Level 5 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 subject content for Functional Skills Mathematics
  • Use active approaches to developing learners’ skills in:
    Using numbers and the number system
    Using measures, shape & space
    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 and 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:
    Speaking, Listening & Communicating
    Reading
    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
  • 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

Optional accreditation for the course is available for £215 per person, and requires extra work to be completed after he course.

To apply

When there are courses running with places available, these can be booked via the Education and Training Foundation website - the maths one here and the English course here.

If your organisation would like to host either course, see the panel, right.

FREE places available!

The ETF is now offering four FREE places on each of these courses (dates and venues left).

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis to people who meet one of the following criteria:

• Working in organisations within the 12 opportunity areas (Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough, Stoke, West Somerset.)
• Working in organisations with an annual turnover of less than £500,000
• Disabled people and people from BAME communities – both of whom are under represented on ETF courses.

How to book a place

To book a free or paid for place, see the Education and Training Foundation website - the English course is here and the maths one here.

How to host a course

If your organisation would like to host either a maths or English course, the cost is:

  • £3,680 for the five-day course (or blended version) for up to 16 of your staff
  • £2,600 for the five-day course or blended version for up to 10 of your staff, with other places available for booking by external candidates

To find out more please contact Julie Chamberlain on J.chamberlain@warwick.ac.uk