November 17, 2005

LAN 4.1 Students current numeracy and literacy skills

Students being referred to e2e can operate between Entry 1 and Level 2. Often the students at the higher end of basic skill assessment scores have extensive social needs that e2e needs to address. Those scoring Entry 1 and 2 often have social needs plus basic skills support needs. Often no-one at school has actually worked with them as to where they can develop, but have dismissed them as being disruptive. Low basic skills, social problems and behavioural/medical issues all have to be looked at.
November 4th session considered ESOL students and how these could be supported although such students wouldn't necessarily be seen as appropriate candidates for e2e in th LSC's eyes. We also had a good overview of the Skills for Life initiative in a previous session, highlighting the governments commitments to upskilling the nation.
Looking back at the assessments we use with students after attending these sessions, I think it is important to establish levels from the start of their time with you. However, they need to be given activities where there are plenty of opportunities to succeed in and amongst standard basic skills tests that they may struggle with. Equally when going through their results, feedback needs to be given in the form of celebrating what the students can already do and how we can build on this.

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  1. Thank you Charlotte for this reflection on the numeracy and literacy skills of your students. You have discussed how you need to encourage and support your students – how do you work with the e2e students to develop their skills. Do they have whole class teaching or one-to-one support and who does this, and expert or the class teacher. I am aware that you work on the social and personal development aspects of the course – are you involved in the development of basic skills also?

    19 Dec 2005, 11:54

  2. Re: basic skills, individuals may access Springboard for support. In all of their formal sessions, I try to bring in numeracy and literacy in subtle ways (certainly don't sell the class to them as an english or a maths class as this would likely switch the majority of teenagers off!) I tend to focus on those aspects of numeracy & literacy that a young person need to have a grasp of for day to day existence. For example, filling in application forms, speaking over the phone to make a complaint, e-mailing a concern to the local council office Re: accomodation (literacy) For numeracy, we would look at reading bus/ train timetables, checking bank statements for errors, tax & National Insurance on payslips…gradually as their maths/ english phobias alleviate, students are invited to sit a Level 1 numeracy or literacy City & Guilds certificate. The e2e scheme of work confirms this emphasis on basic skills integration, featuring curriculum referencing throughout.

    21 Dec 2005, 11:34

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