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Learning and Skills Council Skills for Life Quality Initiative 2005-06 Using Resources to Embed Skills for Life. Use of the embedded learning materials. By the end of this training, participants will be able to: recognise the key features of the embedded approach and materials

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Learning and Skills Council Skills for Life Quality Initiative 2005-06Using Resources to Embed Skills for Life

Use of the embedded learning materials

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • recognise the key features of the embedded approach and materials

  • select and use the published embedded learning materials more effectively for any curriculum area

  • plan with other practitioners to deliver embedded learning of Skills for Life, integrated with vocational and other skills

  • reflect on own practice and plan to improve it.

Embedded teaching and learning

‘Embedded teaching and learning combines

the development of literacy, language and

numeracy with vocational and other skills.

The skills acquired provide learners with the

confidence, competence and motivation

necessary for them to succeed in

qualifications, in life and at work.’

Literacy, language and numeracy skills

Vocational skills and knowledge

What is embedded learning?



and learning

The vocational content

Starting point of any embedded learning materials.

  • Vocational skills and knowledge

  • Refers to the primary learning aims of the learner.

  • Aims may be vocational, recreational or personal.

  • They may lead to a qualification.

  • The embedded materials also reflect the reality of

  • workplace and everyday settings, using realistic

  • scenarios and documentation.

Literacy, language and numeracy

  • Literacy, language and numeracy

  • These skills are clearly defined by the adult

  • core curricula.

  • The embedded learning materials do not set out

  • to teach the whole range of literacy, language

  • and numeracy outlined by the core curricula.

  • The range and level of skills taught is dictated

  • by the vocational content.

  • Embedded learning is task-driven.

Embedded, contextualised or learning support?

  • LLN learning support is usually in addition to a workplace skills/vocational learning programme.

  • Contextualised LLN is primarily an LLN programme, not a workplace skills/vocational learning programme.

  • In embedded programmes,LLN learning happens through a workplace skills/vocational learning programme.

Embedded teaching and learning

Integrates the skills and knowledge required to achieve competence in a vocational setting with the literacy, language and numeracy skills that underpin this competence.

Aims to demonstrate this relationship and to support critical skills within workplace or everyday contexts.

Example: a hairdresser booking an appointment for a customer includes the following skills and knowledge:

•good communication skills

• salon procedures for appointments

•understanding the format of the appointment book

•time calculation and knowledge of treatment times

•spelling customer names.

Materials available to order

Batch 1

• Trowel occupations (order ref: embedded/TR)

  • Social care (order ref: embedded/SC)

  • Horticulture (order ref: embedded/HO)

  • Family health (order ref: embedded/FH)

  • Effective communication for international nurses (order ref: embedded/NU)

Batch 2

  • Catering (order ref: embedded/CA)

  • Hospitality (order ref: embedded/HOS)

  • Retail (order ref: embedded/RE)

  • Warehousing (order ref: embedded/WA)

  • Entry to employment (E2E) (order ref: embedded/EE)

    •Sports leadership (order ref: embedded/SL)

Materials available to order

  • Painting operations (order ref: embedded/PA)

  • Cleaning (order ref: embedded/CL)

  • Production line manufacturing (order ref: embedded/PL)

  • Skills for construction (order ref: embedded/CO)

  • Health and safety (embedded/HS)

  • ICT (embedded/ICT)

  • First aid (embedded/FA)

Available from June 2006

  • Family life: the growing child

  • Family life: parenting issues

  • Early years

  • Hairdressing

  • Community skills

  • Transport

Features of embedded learning materials

  • Teacher notes

  • Learner pages

  • Source materials

  • Glossary

  • Integrated Assignments (not in ‘community’ contexts)

  • Check-it tests

  • Mapping charts

  • Audio CD

  • Available in both PDF and Word versions

  • Supporting interactive materials

Learner pages: Focus and Task

  • Materials are divided into modules.

  • Each module has a number of themes.

  • Themes are divided into Focus pages and Task pages.

  • Focus pages are intended as a summary of the teaching for the learner to take away and review as required.

Source materials

  • Contains examples of resources and documents taken from the workplace.

  • Provide an excellent resource which can be used flexibly by teachers.

  • Teachers can add to this resource using other workplace realia.

  • Some source materials can be adapted or customised.

National occupational standards

  • National occupational standards are statements of the skills, knowledge and understanding needed in employment.

  • The Basic Skills Agency has mapped the occupational standards at Level 1 and Level 2 to the National Standards for Adult Literacy and Adult Numeracy.

  • These standards are identified in the embedded learning materials curriculum coverage grids as NOS.

  • Detailed mapping can be accessed through the link shown on the next slide.

Breakdown of NVQ

Units and elements

Amenity Horticulture Level 2

Mapped to literacy and numeracy standards

Teacher notes

  • Scene-setting

  • Materials

  • Learning outcomes

  • Introductions and activities to support learning

  • Task notes

  • Differentiation: includes notes on dyslexia and ESOL support

  • Suggestions for extension activities and theme assessments

  • Mapping information

Basic Skills





Key Skills

Level 5

Level 5

Level 4

Level 4

Level 3

Level 3

Level 2

Level 2

Level 2

Level 1

Level 1

Level 1



Entry 3



Entry 2


Entry 1

Equivalence between levels

Selecting materials

  • Study the vocational scheme of work or syllabus to identify areas requiring underpinning LLN skills to complete tasks successfully.

  • Locate materials that will support learners, and decide how to integrate these into the session.

  • Plan differentiated activities as necessary to support and extend learning.

Hospitalityand Catering NVQ level 1 Sample SOW5

Vocational context: Catering NVQ Level 1

Individual exploration

You can:

  • try out the carousel of activities provided inappendix 1

  • explore some of the web sites listed in appendix 2

  • investigate for lists and activities focused on workplace vocabulary

  • select and adapt an activity from one of the files using the Word version on the CD-ROM.

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