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How developed are your approaches to functional skills?

Preparing to manage and co-ordinate functional skills

The Preparing to Manage and Co-ordinate Functional Skills (LSIS, 2009) booklet is for managers and coordinators who have been given responsibility for leading the transition to functional skills in adult settings, such as adult community learning, voluntary learning, work-based learning and the secure estate. There is a useful checklist on page 3, based on the critical success factors for functional skills, which is useful for developing an implementation plan. Check that your functional skills policy covers all these factors.

Managing delivery of functional skills

The Managing Delivery of Functional Skills (LSIS, 2008) suite of booklets includes the following:

  • Section 5: Functional skills in my centre: This booklet gives suggestions for different delivery models:
    • Discrete delivery: functional skills are taught by specialists, separately from other learning contexts. 
    • Partly embedded delivery: functional skills are taught by specialists and are flexibly applied in a range of learning contexts.
    • Mostly embedded delivery: functional skills are taught by specialists and are reinforced and applied in a range of purposeful learning contexts.
    • Fully embedded delivery: functional skills are taught, developed and applied in a variety of contexts by all those who contribute to the delivery of learning experiences. Learners recognise and use naturally occurring opportunities for functional skills development.
  • Section 6: Supporting staff: This booklet has sections describing useful activities to help providers make the most of staff and about working in partnership.