Staff development

Resources for improving the literacy, numeracy, ICT and general skills of adult basic skills teachers.

A set of Entry 1 and Entry 2 English tasks that focus on two short texts about the alphabetical list of winter storm names released by the Met Office. The first Functional English resource I have written based on the revised Functional Skills English content (2018) which will be used by awarding organisations from September 2019 [1]. 

Level
E1
E2
English
E1.1 Say the names of the letters of the alphabet
E1.10 Understand a short piece of text on a simple subject
E2.8 Understand the main points in texts
E2.9 Understand organisational markers in short, straightforward texts
E1.14 Write the letters of the alphabet in sequence and in both upper and lower case
E2.15 Use the first and second letters to sequence words in alphabetical order
FE E1.15 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 1
FE E2.16 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
General
Staff development
Context
Science, Nature & Weather

An analysis of an Entry Level 3 (E3) Functional Skills reading text about Walter Tull, contributed by  Laura Bell (2018) - see right for the link to Laura's resource.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
English
FE READING and understanding words
FE WRITING Spelling
General
Staff development
Context
Education

The Core Curriculum and Functions Skills Progression Overview side-by-side.
Editor’s note
The print quality of this resource may be low as it is a cut, pasted and scanned (very useful) document. It is not available, even to contributors, as a Word document.
Richard has also posted a link to an interactive version of this document.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional Skills English
General
Staff development

This study considers the emerging issue of consciousness in pedagogy both theoretically and practically. It examines why this issue is of fundamental significance for teaching and learning. Basic assumptions are clarified and the psychological and philosophical fundamentals of consciousness theory explored.

Level
L2
English
Homophones, homographs & confusables
General
Staff development
Study Skills and General Teaching

The need for deliberate teaching of phonemic awareness, and a means of doing this.
A research paper followed by a useful step by step method.

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
AL Apply strategies to spell correctly
Decode
General
Staff development
Study Skills and General Teaching

I have developed this to help me explain the process of answering open questions in Functional Maths to my L1 / L2 ESOL Foundation students (Entry 3 ESOL). However, it is suitable for any group of E3-L2 Functional Maths students.

I’m hoping it’s better than trying to read through a lot of text in a book.
Practical examples will quickly follow the slides (not included here)

Practical examples (not included here) should quickly follow these slides.
Slide 9 can be printed for student reference.

Level
L2
L1
E3
Maths
Functional Maths
General
Staff development

A very useful one page reference of the E3 Functional Maths coverage and range statements with additional amplification. Extra pages list and explain the all-important process skills (skill standards).
Modelled after our similar document for L1-L2 Functional Maths (see below) this resource is particularly useful for teachers that are new to embedding Maths and want a more detailed framework and and guidance with underpinning skills.

Level
E3
Maths
Functional Maths
General
Staff development
Study Skills and General Teaching

Summarises some of key points and is aimed at those who are switching from teaching Skills for Life adult numeracy to Functional Maths (FM).
The importance of the process skills is discussed (and how these should be considered when using any L1 or L2 skillsworkshop numeracy resource for teaching FM – particularly those of an investigative or problem-solving nature).
Also includes handy one page overviews of all the L1 and L2 FM pilot standards (performance skills, and coverage and range statements).

Level
L2
L1
General
Staff development
Study Skills and General Teaching

Create signs and student lists – plus useful XP DTP tips – two really useful step by step worksheets for creating a) clever signs with some very amusing real life examples!; b) alphabetical student lists in tables.
Plus a super 1 page collection of quick DTP tips / shortcuts for Windows XP. Originally used for training teachers on an NUT ICT training class but suitable for any L2 ICT / CLAIT students.

Level
L2
ICT
Level 1 and 2 CLAIT / ECDL
General
Staff development

Two really useful step by step sets of instructions for creating a) a labelling handout (e.g. of a computer or any diagram/picture you want learners to label); b) a multiple choice question type handout with tick boxes. Originally used for training teachers on an NUT ICT training class. Also suitable for any L2 ICT / CLAIT students.

Level
L2
General
Staff development