Creating Careers is discussing its new online vocational courses, delivered through www.vision2learnforschools.com, at BETT.
The new Functional Skills, due to be rolled out across schools in England in 2010 as part of the 14-19 reform, are practical skills in English, ICT and maths, built into each of the four qualification routes of education: GCSEs, Diplomas, Apprenticeships and Foundation Learning. Visitors will also have the opportunity to talk to experts from Creating Careers about successfully developing personalised learning using vocational courses and online and blended study.
From next year, Functional Skills will be embedded throughout the curriculum, ensuring that learners can develop key skills to solve problems at school and in the workplace. Functional Skills can also be taken as stand-alone qualifications and schools and colleges are being incentivised by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to encourage this among young people, particularly through the proposed new School Report Card, which will be introduced from 2011. The School Report Card will provide the government’s key statement on the outcomes expected from schools, reporting on school outcomes such as pupil attainment, progress, and wellbeing.
Online courses from vision2learn for schools enable students to learn at their own pace on computers, completing units and submitting work through the online environment. They can choose units from a broad selection of modules to build a flexible, personal course of study, which meets their individual needs, which teachers can monitor and mark online. Functional Skills, like all qualifications available on vision2learn for schools, carry GCSE equivalent points and can contribute to a student’s overall achievement.