Phonics / Approaches to the development of language and literacy for maths and vocational learners

Kirsty Powell mentored cluster 11 which consisted of the following 4 projects:

Using audio and embedded phonics in online Functional Skills and ESOL classes: Haringey ALS

This project aimed to extend the work of our OTLA 6 project (HALS, 2020), using phonics to support our English classes. All lessons were delivered online. We found that ESOL learners and Functional Skills English learners benefitted from the use of audio and embedded phonics in the classroom.

Did you finish that sandwich? Using structured sequential phonics with adult literacy learners: Islington ACL

This project tested the use of That Reading Thing (Millar, 2020), a linguistic phonics literacy intervention for teens and adults, in one-to-one sessions with Entry Level 2 literacy learners during the COVID-19 pandemic, both online and face to face. It demonstrated that adults with reading and spelling challenges made more progress using this approach than we would normally see in a group class context.

Investigating strategies to help learners solve Functional Skills maths questions: Macclesfield College

This project was designed to support learners studying Functional Skills maths and to raise their confidence, competence and achievement in this subject. The aims of the project were to:
1. Work with the learners to identify what presented the challenge and barriers when completing Functional Skills maths questions.
2. Develop strategies to overcome the barriers with the learners and make these strategies available to a wider audience.

Phonics in the vocational classroom: Education and Training Collective

This project builds on work previously undertaken by English and maths teachers using phonics-based approaches to improve learners’ English skills (OTLA 6, 2020). We extended our work to include vocational teachers and their learners. Vocational teachers at the college were introduced to phonics-based approaches and encouraged and supported in using them to enhance their learners’ vocational literacy.

Watch the group presentations at the final dissemination event by clicking play (to the right) and read their reports below.

Phonics in the vocational classroom

Education and Training Collective

Project Number: 22b