Good Practice Guide - Maths & English

Qualifications and Schemes of Work

  • Choose qualifications with exam questions that are appropriate to the target age group with exam mechanisms and awarding organisation support that meets the needs of the college e.g. on-demand, on-screen Functional Skills testing with timely, detailed feedback and high quality resources
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  • Time must be made available for maths and English teachers to plan collaboratively on a weekly basis, focussing on “how” to deliver the scheme of work
  • Host centrally devised schemes of work, lesson plans and resources to afford the teachers the time to individualise them for the different vocational subjects
  • Plan additional, regular study sessions throughout the year in holidays, evenings and weekends, to provide additional exam preparation. Reward students with a FREE Domino's Pizza lunch to incentivise attendance, for instance
  • Specific exam access arrangements should be easily identified for students when booking exams, to ensure that they are appropriately supported
  • Develop online resources for students that are readily accessible through the use of social media and QR codes and ensure that teaching staff value these resources by modelling their use in class or using them to inform study sessions / homework for students
  • Create resource templates for use in both Functional Skills and GCSE teaching in order to prepare students for higher level learning by creating familiarity
  • Manage the use of external resources by selecting key webpages / subscriptions that provide material for students that is easily accessible, sufficiently challenging and aligns with your chosen awarding organisations assessment outcomes
  • Plan revision and exam sessions upto and beyond the end of the summer term to maximise Functional Skills achievement for students
  • Ensure that vocational teams do assign students as completed for their main vocational program until they have passed maths and English qualifications