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WJEC English Functional Skills - to do or not to do?

Discussion in 'English' started by recliningbuddah, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. recliningbuddah

    recliningbuddah New commenter

    Thinking of starting Functional Skills with Year 9 - can anyone recommend the benefits of this? I've heard something about it having an adverse effect on the final GCSE gradings but cannot see how.
    Any advice much appreciated!
     
  2. recliningbuddah

    recliningbuddah New commenter

    Thinking of starting Functional Skills with Year 9 - can anyone recommend the benefits of this? I've heard something about it having an adverse effect on the final GCSE gradings but cannot see how.
    Any advice much appreciated!
     
  3. CandysDog

    CandysDog Occasional commenter

    Personally, I wouldn't bother. The qualification itself became pretty much dead-on-arrival when it was made optional just before launch. Because of low uptake, it is unlikely to be well recognised by employers and colleges (and, because it is 'smaller' than a GCSE and ungraded, not at all by league tables). Furthermore, Functional Skills is very dry, so unlikely to engage your students.
    You could probably achieve something much more worthwhile if you just designed your Year 9 curriculum with a functional element in it. Without the restriction of an external qualification, you could take this further by incorporating other skills required for GCSE and make Year 9 into a useful bridging year between Key Stage 3 and GCSE.
     

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