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Changed on 15 October 2018

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I would like to thank the basic skills tutors and other professionals from the following institutions for their interest and/or registering with the site; and for their contributions, feedback, encouragement, support or advice.

There may be duplication or omissions below: many colleges have merged or changed names since I began this list in 2001. Bold print indicates a 2018 entry.

Last updated 02/10/2018

1st Training Ltd
3Es Enterprise, Kingshurst, Birmingham
A4e Bootle
A4E Training
A & L Training, Birkenhead

Changed on 10 October 2018

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

Changed on 10 October 2018

Phonics worksheets. Fill in missing initial consonant digraphs to complete the word next to each picture. 5 words and pictures per page, with answer sheet.

Note: Sept 2011 – picture added and curriculum mapping improved.

Level
E1
English
AL Ww/E1.2
AL Rw/E1.3
Rw/E1.2
Ww/E1.3

Changed on 10 October 2018

The suffix ING clearly explains the various rules for adding this suffix to single and multi-syllable words. With practice worksheets and a multi-sensory card sort.

Level
L1
E3
English
Ww/L1.1
Ww/E3.2
Ww/E3.1

Changed on 8 October 2018

Phonics worksheet focusing on the /i:/ sound (with an “ee” spelling) using high frequency words for low level ESOL literacy learners.

Editor’s note
Includes ‘read & spelling, spelling (in various stages) and matching words written in uppercase and lowercase.

Level
E1
English
Rw/E1.2
Ww/E1.3
ESOL
ESOL Ww/E1.2a
ESOL Ww/E1.1b
ESOL Rw/E1.3b
ESOL Rw/E1.3a
ESOL Rw/E1.2a

Changed on 8 October 2018

For Entry 1 and 2 reading. Each sheet contains graphemes that can be worked on in one session in conjunction with other worksheets and texts (not provided here). Use to encourage learners to check over the phoneme/grapheme work each day.
Letters which make the same phonemes are grouped together. At the bottom of most sheets there are also a couple of social sight words to be learnt at the same time.

Level
E1
E2
English
Rw/E1.2
Rw/E2.2
AL Rw/E1.1

Changed on 8 October 2018

Long ‘e’ (in words with ‘ee’ or ‘ea’). Lots of ideas for differentiation in this fabulous resource that includes: cards / worksheets for decoding words, spelling, recognising final consonant phonemes, matching rhyming words, identifying homophones such as ‘meet’ and ‘meat’, and writing short poems.

Level
E1
E2
English
Rw/E1.2
Rw/E2.2
Ww/E1.3
Ww/E2.2

Changed on 8 October 2018

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

Changed on 8 October 2018

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

Changed on 7 October 2018

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