ccConsultancy and partners have been commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to support Functional Skills maths and English and Approaches to the teaching of phonics in post-16 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the  North and East of England (Yorkshire and The Humber, North West, North East, East Midlands and East of England). ETF are funded by the DfE to support staff in the post-16 sector.

We’re offering a range of engaging courses and webinars to support your personal skills and teaching approaches, and to help you and your organisation improve outcomes in Functional Skills maths and English. Perhaps you’re looking to improve learner motivation and behaviour? Maybe you’d like to support emergent/ developing readers and writers? Maximise progress at entry level? Supporting Functional Skills more effectively? Take a look at what’s on offer. If you have any queries, please get in touch with our Regional Lead, Petrina Lynn. We look forward to working with you!

You can choose to host a course, which is a great opportunity to collaborate and network with other providers, or you may like to run an in-house course just for your own staff. In-house courses can also be customised. You’ll have the opportunity to work with one of our Professional Development Leads both before and after the course, and we’ll help you identify how you can address any issues your organisation may be facing. These options will also enable your organisation to benefit from discounted rates. For full details of pricing and to book, please see our course booking form

See below for an overview of the courses on offer, you can click through to access more information and to book.

Functional Skills in maths and English

Functional Skills: discover new materials and approaches to support teaching and learning - maths and English webinar

The aim of the interactive webinar is to introduce the purpose, content and structure of new materials to support revised Functional Skills in maths and English. You will be introduced to some of the key teaching approaches modelled in the materials, and to a range of ideas for lessons that can be adapted for different contexts and models of support. The webinar will also help you make the most of the one day or two CPD programmes which will explore the materials in detail.  Click here for more information and how to book

Supporting Functional Skills (English)

This course will Introduce you to newly-produced exemplar activities that may be used to develop learners’ Functional English abilities. Help you to identify how and why context matters when developing learners’ Functional English. Enable you to plan and design differentiated, inclusive Functional English sessions meeting Effective Practice Guidelines for assessment and tracking and help you to support learners to achieve Functional English outcomes.  Click here for more information and how to book

Supporting Functional Skills (Maths)

This course will introduce you to newly-produced exemplar activities that may be used to develop learners’ Functional Maths abilities. Help you to identify how and why context matters when developing learners’ Functional maths. Enable you to plan and design differentiated, inclusive Functional maths sessions meeting Effective Practice Guidelines for assessment and tracking and help you to support learners to achieve Functional maths outcomes.  Click here for more information and how to book

Approaches to the teaching of phonics in post-16

Using phonics-based teaching at Entry Level: an introductory webinar

The webinar aims to introduce the CPD programme developed to support Functional English practitioners in exploring phonics-based teaching approaches at Entry Levels. It provides an opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges of using such approaches with post 16 learners and explores some of the key principles that underpin the teaching strategies covered in the one day courses. Click here for more information and how to book

Using phonics-based teaching at Entry Level: developing readers/ writers

During this course for supporting developing readers and writers, you will explore the principles and practices that underpin the new Post-16 Phonics Toolkit. You will learn how to plan phonics-based teaching, learning and assessment activities for post-16 learners. You will explore factors to be considered when supporting learners with diverse needs and strengths, including SEND/ LDD learners and ESOL learners.  Click here for more information and how to book

Using phonics-based teaching at Entry Level: emergent readers and writers

During this course for supporting emergent readers and writers, you will explore the principles and practices that underpin the new Post-16 Phonics Toolkit. You will learn how to plan phonics-based teaching, learning and assessment activities for post-16 learners. You will explore factors to be considered when supporting learners with diverse needs and strengths, including SEND/ LDD learners and ESOL learners.  Click here for more information and how to book

Free Places

The ETF are offering a limited number of free places on these courses.  Free places are offered to ensure greater diversity on their courses, so to qualify you must either:

  • Work in an organisation in one of the 12 opportunity areas (Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough, Stoke, West Somerset)
  • Work in an organisation with an annual turnover of less than £500,000
  • Consider yourself to have a disability or be from a BAME community

You must also agree to be contacted by the ETF evaluation team.

To book a free place find a course that has free places remaining and book as normal. At the payments stage of the booking you will be asked to tell us which of the three criteria you meet and then click on the ‘recalculate’ button to reduce the cost of the booking to zero.

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