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You’ve been asking for greater flexibility – and now we’re providing it with ‘in App’ onscreen testing for Functional Skills ICT.
We believe in real life functional assessments equipping your learners with the skills they need to succeed in life. That’s why our Functional Skills ICT can soon be assessed using ‘in App testing’ - allowing candidates to work with commonly used software, like Microsoft Word, to produce work and upload it into the test.
This means your learners will be tested in a 100% non-simulated environment with access to all Office applications. Our comprehensive range of resources will be available including free on screen practice tests and sample assessment materials plus some new free learner guide tutorial videos.
What about centres who can’t offer online testing?
Paper-based, on-demand assessment will still run alongside the new online testing service.
We are pleased to say that the Thematic Review of our Functional Skills Level 2 maths did not result in us having to make any major changes that affect centres in their teaching and learning.
Centres may be interested to know that Ofqual made an observation that in one of our Functional Skills Level 2 maths papers there was more than the usual amount of reading for candidates. The paper concerned was already scheduled for withdrawal.
We use language experts in the writing and production of all FS maths assessment material to make sure that we keep the literacy requirements to the appropriate level.
The Thematic Review also highlighted that some candidates were not using the full range of checking techniques available to them. We've reviewed our Guidance for candidates and centres, and we've extended and exemplified the guidance on checking. We hope that centres will act on the new guidance, resulting in more candidates achieving full marks for checking and higher attainment rates.
We’re delighted to see the recognition of Functional Skills in the recent ETF report and that the traditional learning approach leading to GCSEs, can for some students present real problems often leading to disappointing results. Their findings echo our own experience of speaking to stakeholders about Functional Skills qualifications.
We have long been arguing that there needs to be an alternative to GCSE, one that suits greater contextualisation in delivery and supports the type of practical application of maths and English that is needed in the work place.
So we are particularly pleased to see in the report that Functional Skills are recognised as an alternative to GCSE rather than a stepping stone to it and are emerging as qualifications that are valued by employers & learners as well as the education and training sector.