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Functional Skills. Entry Level. 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. The Qualifications.

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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

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