Recent Changes

Changed on 3 October 2021

A Trip to the Library Entry 1 assignment provides excellent practice for City and Guilds style assignments (see note below). Layout and questions are in exactly the same style as the ‘real thing’ – complete with assessment pack and a transcript for the listening tape.

Editor’s note (July 2021)

Level
Entry Level 1
English
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
Functional English - writing
Form filling
Context
Independent living
History, culture, museums, libraries

Changed on 29 September 2021

Functional Skills English slides on comparing texts - part of my Skills Building Series.

This resource explores the fundamental skills to support learners in achieving success with the comparison question in the Edexcel Functional Skills English Level 1 and 2 Exam papers. It provides learners with opportunities to practice their comparison skills using images, videos (audio with lyrics) and short texts. 

Editor's notes

Level
Level 1
Level 2
GCSE L1-5
English
FE L1.10 Compare information, ideas & opinions in different texts
FE L2.12 Compare information, ideas & opinions in different texts, inc. how they are conveyed
GCSE A3 Compare texts

Changed on 20 September 2021

Two Excel spreadsheets to track students performance in Functional Skills Maths and Functional Skills English from Entry Level 1 up until Level 2. Can be used by teachers and I also send electronically or print them off and give students to complete themselves. 

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
English
Functional Skills English
Maths
Functional Maths

Changed on 20 September 2021

Tracking sheets for OCR Entry Literacy – keep track of what your students have completed. Useful even if you are not using OCR as they inlciude al the E1-E3 Curriculum elements. Three sets in one document: E1 (2 pages), E2 Lit (3 pages), E3 Lit (4 pages).

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
English
General literacy / English

Changed on 20 September 2021

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
Level 2
Level 1
General
Staff development
Study Skills and General Teaching

Changed on 20 September 2021

A set of posters / cards / checklists designed to prompt discussion, check learning and keep a record of student progression. Designed for Entry Level Functional Maths and English learners in an FE setting but suitable for all levels and subjects.
This resource was inspired by discussion on the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics) site about “understanding versus doing” and I would like to thank the forum members for their ideas and feedback.

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections

Changed on 20 September 2021

This is a simple resource that has proven to be a very effective motivational tool with pre entry to level 2 learners.

Level
M8
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
Pre-entry
pre-Entry General
General
Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Changed on 20 September 2021

My Level 1-2 Level SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) Mark Sheet is a simple tick sheet that can be used by students to check each other’s work for spelling and grammar errors. Helpful for encouraging groups of learners to ‘peer assess’ and also reinforces what to look for when proofreading work.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
English
Functional English - writing

Changed on 20 September 2021

A student friendly resource. Uses the Functional Skills English Skills Standards / Coverage and Range information to keep track of students’ progress.

Three separate 3-page documents to track success in reading, writing, and speaking – listening – communication.

Level
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
Functional Skills English

Changed on 20 September 2021

My Entry Level SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) Marking Sheet is a simple tick sheet that can be used by students to check each other’s work for spelling and grammar errors. Helpful for encouraging groups of learners to ‘peer assess’ and also reinforces what to look for when proofreading work.

The sheet is a simplified version of the spelling and grammar skills covered in the Entry Functional Skills English Standards. It includes space for comments and also indicates which skills relate to each of the Entry levels via straightforward indices.

Level
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 1
English
Functional English - writing