February 5, 2012
by Liam Wheldon
Are you ready for functional skills? Let bksb support you all the way.
Supporting you for functional skills
In September 2012, key skills will be replaced by functional skills. Whether you have embraced functional skills since their inception in 2010, or are still doing key skills and are yet to plan for the switchover, bksb is committed to supporting you in adopting a successful functional skills strategy.
Understanding the basics
Let’s start with the basics. To understand (or to refresh on) the fundamentals of functional skills, follow this link to our simple guide: Click to download
The Functional Skills Standards
To comprehend functional skills in greater depth, you can download a full copy of The Functional Skills Standards here:
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A whole-organisation approach to functional skills: 12 point plan
As functional skills evolves, it is important to have in place an organisational strategy for how to manage its implementation and development. This plan is intended to give you an outline structure to put into place an organisation-wide approach to functional skills. However, as functional skills will be delivered in such a wide range of education settings, it is difficult to devise a ‘one system fits all’ approach. As such, simply ignore any of the points which have no relevance to your organisation and focus on those that do.
This presentation is delivered by Karen Peck, Functional Skills Consultant at Vision West Notts. Karen has worked extensively with Functional Skills providers and is part of a consultation group advising Government on Functional Skills strategy. You can view it here: http://bit.ly/fssimple
Free functional skills events
bksb host free functional skills events on a regular basis. If you or your colleagues would like to book onto one, please visit our events page for more details: http://www.bksb.co.uk/Events.aspx
Request a visit from one of our advisors
bksb has a team of Regional Advisors based around the country who are on hand to support you towards functional skills success. They are all current or former practitioners, not sales people. To book a free-of-charge visit, please contact us here: http://www.bksb.co.uk/contactus.aspx
bksbLIVE: an outstanding online solution for functional skills achievement.
- bksbLIVE, our fully hosted, online platform provides a learner-centric solution for functional skills success, featuring a highly intuitive interface that guides learners through the entire assessment and development process. This process will give them the skills and understanding they require to pass their functional skills qualifications.
- Learners, tutors, admin staff and managers all have unique log-in details to give them secure access to their own area of the platform.
- Reporting is a key function of bksbLIVE. Individual, group, and organisation-wide reports are available to track and manage progress, all of which can be exported to Excel for more in-depth analysis.
- The bksb functional skills process is recommended by City & Guilds, one of the UK’s largest awarding bodies, but is proven to produce outstanding outcomes for whichever qualifications are being taken.