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  1. Functional Skills Entry Level

  2. Objectives • Gain an overview of Entry Level Functional Skills • Understand Entry Level Functional Skills standards • Explore the assessment model for Entry Level • Understand quality assurance procedures for the pilot

  3. The Qualifications • Assess Entry Level Functional Skills Standards • Are flexible • Teaching can be integrated into existing programmes • Are available in: • FE and adult community colleges • The workplace • Schools • other environments

  4. Administering Assessments • Assessors must be familiar with the Entry Level Functional Skills Standards • Candidates can be assessed when it is felt they are ready • Candidates can sit any assessments they wish and claim at the highest level achieved • Assessments available on microsite

  5. Administering Assessments • Activities to be administered under supervised conditions • Candidates must be aware they are undertaking an assessment • Re-sits can take place after a two week gap • Other than speaking and listening, candidates will have to sit an alternative assessment at their re-sit

  6. Maths: Key features • Single test for each level • Predominantly single mark answers • No multiple choice • Reading language below level of test • Pass mark is 11/15 • 30-45 minutes • Teachers can read instructions to candidates • Assessments cover all performance, coverage and range of the FS Standards • Papers are as similar as possible across all three Entry Levels

  7. Maths: Progression

  8. Maths: Performance, Coverage and Range

  9. English: Key Features • 3 Separate components: Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening • Learners must pass all three • Can be sat together or separately (recommended) • Certification awarded at lowest level of achievement across the three components • No certification of individual components. • 30-45 minutes • Pass Mark is 75% • Speaking and Listening similar to Level 1 and 2 Functional Skills

  10. English - Speaking and Listening: Level Progression

  11. English - Speaking and Listening: Skill Standards, Coverage and Range

  12. English – Reading: Level Progression

  13. English – Reading: Skill Standards, Coverage and Range

  14. English – Writing: Level Progression

  15. English – Writing: Skill Standards, Coverage and Range

  16. ICT: Key Features • Three-parts assessment: practical, observation and question and answer • Assessment requires access to a computer • On-screen testing for Entry 1 and 2 • Entry 3 learners must produce work from a test set by Edexcel • Teachers may split the 3 assessments • Entry 3 practical element is substantially larger than the lower Entry Levels to reflect the standards • Candidates must achieve all requirements of the assessment to achieve certification

  17. ICT: Level Progression

  18. ICT: Level Progression

  19. Evidence • Printouts • Oral Question Records • Complete Summary Assessment Grid • Written feedback from IV to assessor

  20. Assessment and Internal Verification • All activities must be assessed • All candidate outcomes must be 100% correct • All pages must be signed and dated by the assessor • Tutor Observation Records must be completed • Internal Verifier must sample work from all assessors • IV must observe some of the Assessed Activities • IV must provide written confirmation / feedback

  21. Tutor Observation Record • All boxes must be completed • Comments must be individual and not generic • Comments must explain how the candidate demonstrated the skill • Most comments will relate to assessed activities • Dates must relate to when the test was undertaken

  22. Submitting work • Centres • Submit Centre Self Assessment form (CSAR) • Centre runs tests and completes documentation • Internal Verification carried out • Centre contacts EV to arrange a date for sending the work • External verifiers • Request copies of Pass Lists • Select samples across all assessors and all levels • Return reports in approximately 5 working days

  23. What must be sent • Outcomes for each candidate • Evidence of assessment on all work • Oral Question Records • Summary Grid • Evidence of Internal Verification

  24. Getting Started • Be accepted onto Functional Skills pilot • Receive a ‘Welcome Pack’ • Have an EV appointed • Access secure assessments

  25. Support • Centre EV is appointed at an early stage • Advice and guidance from EV • Further support from Lead EV and the Skills for Life team • Training and development support available for tutors delivering the tests • Centres advised of updates, changes or improvements

  26. Thank you Please complete an evaluation form