Embedding Functional Skills

Evaluate a range of ways to embed elements of Functional Skills in your specialist area

‘Functional skills are the core elements of English, Mathematics and ICT that provide individuals with the skills and abilities they need to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life, their communities and work.’ http://curriculum.qcda.gov.uk/key-stages-3-and-4/skills/functionalskills/index.aspx

Functional skills need to be embedded within the planning stage of the teaching cycle to ensure they are incorporated in delivery of the lesson. This enables the teacher to identify the needs of the individuals to allow continuing progress. When planning to include functional skills, teachers need to consider the following:

What they are trying to achieve; identify their learner’s strengths and weaknesses and which functional skills they need to develop. It is important to identify the learner’s individual needs so you are able to set achievable goals and implement strategies to assess the learner’s progress.

How they will organise it to achieve their aims; After identifying individual needs teachers are able to plan to ensure progression will be made. When planning sessions, teachers are aware of the resources and equipment available to assist when embedding functional skills within their lesson.

How well they are achieving their aims; Teachers need to establish a clear baseline of learner’s needs to allow planned evaluations to check their progress. Teachers need to implement strategies that will show clear progression as an ongoing process.

Within Physical Education, embedding functional skills is a vital part of the learner’s development.

‘PE develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.’ (National Curriculum, 2007)

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