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WORKSHOPS 2020-03-16T09:42:28+00:00

An essential event for all those involved in the delivery or management of Functional Skills/GCSE English and Maths

Tuesday 10th March, 2020

King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester, LE2 7FL


Workshop 1 – ‘Finding the maths’ in real situations

Hosted by Christine Edwards, Educational Consultant and Trainer and maths PD Lead – Creating Excellence, Creating Excellence

Maths is one of the most important life skills that all adults need to be able to function effectively in work and life. We often take for granted the maths that we use on a daily basis and struggle to make links between maths concepts and their value in work and life and most people are better at maths than they believe.

This activity based workshop will help to identify where maths happens; understand what maths is being used, when it occurs; recognise the value of maths in a range of situations; and help to identify ways of bringing maths to life for those who feel that they are ‘no good’ at maths generally.

Workshop 2 – How to design and deliver an effective English functional skills teaching session for students across Levels

Hosted by Lyanne Murray, QTLS – Bratilda: Professional Development

Consider the learners starting point, time allocation and group size.  Identify teaching resources that can be used across multiple levels, covering the new FS reforms and allow for summative assessment.  Consider how the FS reforms Speaking, Listening and Communication assessment can be embedded effectively in a range of educational settings.

Workshop 3 – GCSE English Language (post-16 retakes): Assessment for Learning as part of a non-linear curriculum

Hosted by Claire Collins, Managing Director – Claire Collins Consultancy

This workshop will be led by Claire Collins, whose team wrote the Level 5 ITE/ CPD module; GCSE English: Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy.  You will reflect on non-linear approaches to GCSE English curriculum planning; what this means and how to put it into practice. You will consider how such curricula can meet the differentiated needs of learners and explore approaches that allow learners to monitor and evaluate their own progress in GCSE English.

Workshop 4 – Centres for Excellence in Mathematics – What’s it all about?  How can I get involved?

Hosted by Steve Pardoe – Regional Maths Lead, Education & Training Foundation,  Michael Lancaster – Centre Lead, Cambridge Regional College and Viv Kimeng – Centre Lead, Harlow College

The Centres for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) programme is a national improvement project aimed at delivering a step change in maths teaching up to Level 2 in post-16 settings and is funded by the Department for Education (DfE).  There are 21 centres, based at colleges throughout England, who are currently involved in a range of research, CPD and networking activity.  Come to this workshop to find out what they’ve been doing, and how your organisation can get involved.

Workshop 5 – Understanding the English and maths progress measures

Hosted by Eddie Playfair, Senior Policy Manager – Association of Colleges

The intention of the English and maths progress measures is to quantify the progress made by students as they improve their achievements in English and maths, whether by retaking GCSE or by taking functional skills. The measures have been revised for 2020 to reflect the change to functional skills.

Attending this workshop will help you to understand:

  • how the measures are calculated,
  • how individual student achievements contribute to institutional progress measures,
  • how providers’ entry policies can affect the measures, and
  • what the data is showing nationally.

Workshop 6 – Digital Functional Skills – what can we expect?

Hosted by Dr Esther Barrett, Subject Specialist: Teaching Learning and Assessment – Jisc

  • Did you know that DfE have developed a new qualification to replace ICT Functional Skills?
  • Digital Functional Skills will be made up of foundation skills, communicating, handling information, transacting, problem solving, and being safe & legal online.
  • Are you making plans to be able to deliver the new qualification?
  • This workshop will explore the opportunities and challenges that you face.
  • Bring a device, it will be hands on.

Workshop 7 – Update on the funding of skills: implications for the delivery of English, maths and digital skills

Hosted by Beej Kaczmarczyk, Director – eMemoir

This workshop will provide participants with the latest information on the funding of skills programmes for young people and adults in classroom provision, and for apprentices, for 2020 to 2021. It will consider the implications of any changes on the delivery of programmes in English, maths and digital skills. It will be of particular interest to managers and other staff with responsibility for the planning of programmes funded by the ESFA, including 16-19 study programmes, Adult Education Budget and apprenticeships.

Workshop 8 – bksb: Leading the Way for Functional Skills Reforms

Hosted by Jai Atwal, Head of Sales and Matt Clark, Account Manager – bksb

This session will provide a chance to explore the enhanced features and tracking capabilities that we have introduced to help maximise your English and maths delivery under the reformed Functional Skills standards. In this workshop, we will discuss the bksb pathways for English and maths before investigating how learners can continually improve their skills throughout the bksb learning journey using our new adaptive ‘Progress Check’ function. We will then demonstrate the intuitive tracking, reporting and analysis functionality built into bksbLIVE2 to help manage learners effectively, both individually and on a group level.

Workshop 9 – FE colleges: Networking and knowledge sharing for English and maths

Hosted by Debra Gray, Principal – The Grimsby Institute

A networking session for delegates from Further Education facilitated by Debra Gray, Principal of The Grimsby Institute. This session will provide the opportunity to discuss the challenges of English and maths delivery within a further education setting, sharing success stories and guidance to take back to your college.

Workshop 10 – Training and Apprenticeship Providers: Networking and knowledge sharing for English and maths

Hosted by Simon Ashworth, Chief Policy Advisor – AELP

A networking session for delegates from Training and Apprenticeship Providers facilitated by Simon Ashworth, Chief Policy Officer at AELP. This session will provide the opportunity to discuss the challenges of English and maths delivery within a training or apprenticeship setting, sharing success stories and guidance to take back to your organisation.