Is care work preventing you from learning?

Yes, many people working in the care industry would answer. If you are a care worker or healthcare support worker, you might find it hard to add “learning” to your busy schedule. Other things that may prevent you from learning could be: family commitments lack of confidence (you may have had a bad experience at […]

Five Universities accepting Functional Skills

You can go to University with Functional Skills maths and English at Level 2.   Several universities in the UK accept Functional Skills as an alternative to GCSE’s and we have listed five in this article: University Description Links University of Wolverhampton Functional Skills Level 2 English https://www.wlv.ac.uk/about-us/our-schools-and-institutes/faculty-of-education-health-and-wellbeing/institute-of-health/frequently-asked-questions/entry-requirements/ University of West London Full recognition given to […]

Methods of Text

Language features are used by writers to reinforce their points. Here are the language features you should look out for in your exam: (bold) heading numbers / figures / amounts / values / statistics first person (plural), use of ‘we’, ‘our’ exaggeration / hyperbole commands e.g. ‘ask yourself…’ Other language features include: rhetorical question uses […]

How to pass Functional Skills Tip 3: Emphasise the importance of developing good English and mathematical skills

Leaders and managers do not emphasise the importance of developing good English and mathematical skills linked to the apprentices’work. The planning and delivery of training to develop apprentices’English and mathematical skills are poor. Coaches do not pay enough attention to the development of English and mathematics skills and knowledge. Therefore, apprentices do not improve their […]

Off-the-Job Training

Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship. This can include training that is delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of their normal working duties. The off-the-job training must be […]

How to pass Functional Skills Tip 2: Coach frequently

Make sure that your learners are coached often. This increases their chances of success in the Functional Skills exams. Leaders do not have a clearly defined approach to develop apprentices’ English, mathematics and digital skills. As a result, apprentices do not receive frequent tuition and coaching in these subjects. Consequently, apprentices do not improve their […]

How to pass Functional Skills Tip 1: Provide early support

Recent Ofsted reports offered quite candid insigts on how to prepare your apprentices for the Functional Skills exams: Do: Provide early support Apprentices who are required to take functional skills examinations in English, mathematics or information and communication technology use online learning packages and workbooks to preparefor examinations. Trainer-assessors provide support, but this is too […]