Update on reformed functional skills in English

Are you looking for an authoritative update on reformed functional skills in English?

Well, we’ve recently held two webinars to provide some support to anyone offering functional skills English levels 1 and 2. And now we’ve published them below for everyone to view. 

Support for functional skills English Level 1 

This short webinar is designed to provide additional support for tutors of Level 1 reading and writing, following the changes to the reformed functional skills qualifications.
 
Topics covered include:
 
  • question types and staggered answers
  • comparisons as a teaching tool
  • purpose and related vocabulary
  • the difference between features
  • meeting the needs of purpose and audience

Support for functional skills English Level 2 

This short webinar is designed to provide additional support for tutors of Level 2 reading and writing, following the changes to the reformed functional skills qualifications.

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • question types and staggered answers
  • comparisons as a teaching tool
  • conveyance of Information, Ideas and Opinions (IIO) as a teaching tool 
  • the differences between features and devices
  • effective use of organisational markers

If there’s anything you have questions on, just leave us a comment below.

And if you like these webinars, don’t forget to check out what’s coming up over the next few months at https://centres.highfieldqualifications.com/Events/Default.aspx 

Free Functional Skills English webinars for February

Highfield is hosting two free webinars this February covering Functional Skills English at Level 1 and Level 2.

The two webinars take place on 6 February 2020, with both the Level 1 and Level 2 webinars covering:

  • question types and staggered answers
  • comparisons as a teaching tool
  • conveyance of information, ideas and opinions (IIO) as a teaching tool
  • the differences between features and devices
  • effective use of organisational markers

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of each webinar.

Each webinar will last approximately one hour. For more information, go to: https://centres.highfieldqualifications.com/Events/Default.aspx

Are you up to date with the recent changes to functional skills?

Well not to fear, as we’ve held several webinars on the reformed functional skills that were launched on 1 September 2019.

The new qualifications are: 

You can find out more about the new qualifications by following the links above, however, if you’re looking for more in-depth information, we have made three recent webinars available, covering English and Maths amplification and explanations of the support we offer. 

Functional Skills Support – The Highfield Approach

Functional Skills Support – English Amplifications (Reading and Writing Levels 1 and 2) 

Functional Skills Support – Maths Amplifications (Maths Levels 1 and 2) 

We’re confident that these webinars will help you with what you need to know about the changes to functional skills. But if you’ve still got questions, get in touch. We’re always happy to help.

Functional Skills with Highfield

More and more providers are coming to Highfield for their functional skills provision.

Why?

Because the support we offer is second to none. And with fast turnarounds, exceptional customer support and industry-leading resources and guidance, we’ve already helped thousands of apprentices and businesses achieve their ambitions.

We offer:

  • on-demand assessment options (paper-based and on-screen)
  • sector-leading results turnaround, with results available within 10 days (12 for paper-based)
  • comprehensive feedback reports with the key details you need to monitor
  • thorough guidance to support contextualisation of assessments and the option to choose your own contexts for assessments in the speaking, listening and communications components
  • certificates printed the same day results are released
  • initial and diagnostic assessments available

All of the above, plus support from our exceptional customer support team (calls answered within three rings, emails responded to within one working day), along with consistent and transparent prices, so there are never any hidden fees or shocks.

Just go to https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/apprenticeships/functional-skills to find out how we can help you and your learners.

Functional skills changes – free webinars

Are you up-to-date with the recent changes to functional skills?

Well not to fear, as we’ve held several webinars on the reformed functional skills that were launched on 1 September 2019.

The new qualifications are: 

You can find out more about the new qualifications by following the links. However, if you’re looking for more in-depth information, we have made available three webinars we recently held covering English and Maths amplification and an explanation of the support we offer. 

Functional Skills Support – The Highfield Approach

Functional Skills Support – English Amplifications (Reading and Writing Levels 1 and 2)

Functional Skills Support – Maths Amplifications (Maths Levels 1 and 2)

We’re confident the webinars will help you with what you need to know about the changes to functional skills. But if you’ve still got questions, get in touch. We’re always happy to help!

You can call us on 01302 363277/0845 2260350 or email info@highfield.co.uk 

Have you updated your functional skills invigilation procedures?

We really want to ensure that you are up to date, particularly with the key regulatory requirement for centres to ensure that the new reformed functional skills exams are independently invigilated.

If an exam has not been independently invigilated, Highfield will not be able to accept the assessments and learners will have to retake the exam.

We are always here to support and explain if you need any further information or clarification.

As you’ll be aware, from 1 September 2019, we began offering the new reformed functional skills qualifications, giving you the opportunity to provide your customers with the very latest and most up-to-date qualifications available.

Please could we politely ask you to once again familiarise yourself with the updated guidance and policies in line with your centre agreement with us.  There have been significant changes to the invigilation requirements for the reformed qualifications, which Highfield approved centres must comply with. 

To remind you, we have highlighted the key points below:

8. Invigilators

8.1 The invigilator must not be related to learners. It is the centre’s responsibility to ensure that the invigilator is suitable to invigilate examinations.

8.2 A functional skills subject tutor must not be involved in the invigilation of that subject, even if they have not taught those candidates (i.e. a  functional skills English tutor must not invigilate any functional skills English exam and a functional skills maths tutor must not invigilate any functional skills maths exam, regardless of the level they teach).

8.3 In conjunction with 2.8.1, the invigilator must sign the Functional Skills Invigilator Declaration prior to invigilating an onscreen functional skills examination.

All of the above can be found in the Highfield Qualifications’ Examination & Invigilation Regulations (Functional Skills) document, which you can download from the members’ section of www.highfieldqualifications.com at any time.

Alternatively, if you have any questions or concerns about the new processes, please contact your account manager who will be more than happy to help.