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This reading resource is designed for Functional Skills English learners.  It is aimed at level 1 and level 2, although it may be adapted for Entry level 3 also.  The resource is comprised of two texts that suggest how teenagers and young people can look after their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Text A is adapted from the UNICEF website, and Text B is an informal email written from a worried friend to another.   The questions are written to model the reformed Edexcel Functional Skills exams, and are aimed to give learners practice in a range of  exam-style readi

Level
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
T Levels - embedded maths or English
English
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L1.10 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts
FE L1.11 Identify meanings in texts and distinguish between fact and opinion
FE L1.12 Recognise that language and other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences and purposes
FE L1.13 Use reference materials and appropriate strategies (e.g. using knowledge of word types) for a range of purposes, including to find the meaning of words
FE L1.14 Understand organisational and structural features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. index, menus, subheadings, paragraphs) in a range of straightforward texts
FE L1.15 Infer from images meanings not explicit in the accompanying text
FE L1.16 Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes of texts (e.g. formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive)
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
FE L2.12 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts, including how they are conveyed
FE L2.13 Identify implicit and inferred meaning in texts
FE L2.14 Understand the relationship between textual features and devices, and how they can be used to shape meaning for different audiences and purposes
FE L2.17 Analyse texts, of different levels of complexity, recognising their use of vocabulary and identifying levels of formality and bias
FE L2.18 Follow an argument, identifying different points of view and distinguishing fact from opinion
FE L2.19 Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
TL - Synthesise information
GCSE Reading A1 (a) Identify and interpret
GCSE Reading A1 (b) Select and synthesise
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure
GCSE A3 Compare texts
GCSE A4 Evaluate
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Mental health and psychology
News, Politics & Government items

This is a handout for Functional Skills L1/L2 which talks about formulas, substitution and BODMAS (BIDMAS).

“Editor’s note*
It includes worked examples from past papers and useful tips and hints. Fully mapped to L2 FM and GCSE Maths 1-5

Level
L2
GCSE L1-5
Maths
FM Contextualised underpinning
FM L1.7 Follow the order of precedence of operators
FM L2.3 Evaluate expressions and make substitutions in given formulae in words and symbols
L2.12 Follow the order of precedence of operators, including indices
GCSE A1 (Algebraic notation)
GCSE A2 (Substitution)
GCSE A3 (Algebraic concepts & vocabulary)
GCSE A4 (Simplify & manipulate algebraic expressions)
GCSE A5 (Use & rearrange formulae)
AN N1/L2.4
General
Exam tips and help

I designed this quiz as revision for my learners.
Trying to disguise the Functional Maths by putting it together with other rounds as a quiz to make it more interesting!

Editor’s note
Covers many aspects of E3 and L1 Maths – along with interesting and fun general knowledge questions for all levels.
The answer sheet and curriculum mapping is only available to site contributors. Please see details within the resource

Level
L1
E3
Maths
Functional Maths
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

A comprehensive list of Level 1 maths topics and descriptions.

Students to match the correct description to each topic. Then RAG (red, amber, green) rate their skills for each one using colour stickers. You can then use results to work on “Top 3 trickiest” skills, etc.

Editor’s note Ideal for start of the term or year, and also for final revision.

Level
L1
Maths
Functional Maths
General
Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections

First 100 high frequency keywords typed out on excel in alphabetical order.

Editor’s note
A multitude of uses! Spelling or reading assessments / revision, making flash cards, etc.

Level
E2
E1
M8
English
Functional English - writing
Rw/E2.1
AL Rw/E1.1
Functional English reading
Ww/E2.1
Ww/E1.1
ESOL
General ESOL
General
Dyslexia support

Top Tips for English tests is a handout that can be given out to learners. It contains a reading text and questions taken from an IQ sample assessment with tips on how to answer specific questions.

It can be used as is or separated to be used as a class resource – teachers will need access to IQ’s sample assessment materials, which are freely available in the IQ website at http://www.industryqualifications.org.uk/sectors/functionalskills .

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
General
Exam tips and help

Top Tips for Maths tests is a handout/classroom resource that can be used as an activity or as a handout.

It takes learners through the process of working out a complex Level 2 Maths question, with reference to how the marks can be gained, and the maths skills required to complete the question. The question is taken from IQ sample assessment materials http://www.industryqualifications.org.uk/sectors/functionalskills and builds on common mistakes made by learners during ‘live’ assessments.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths
General
Exam tips and help

More and more vocational teachers are being asked to prepare learners for Functional Skills exams.

This resource is designed to give advice on format, style and layout; appropriate content and paragraphing which would accompany any awarding organizations exam. My college used Edexcel . Can be used for Level 1 and Level 2.

Editor’s note
This resource is ideal for all but will be especially helpful to non-specialist English teachers. Incredibly useful!

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
General
Exam tips and help

Mainly written for L1 and L2 test preparation this is also suitable for Entry Level 3

Level
L2
L1
E3
Maths
Functional Maths
General
Exam tips and help

This resource contains the basic information with examples for learners preparing to sit level 1 Functional Maths. It is by no means comprehensive but does cover the areas that most learners find problematic, such as ratio, fractions, decimals, percentages and perimeter, area and volume.

Level
L1
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
General
Exam tips and help