New Functional Skills courses in England Schools

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Schools in England are to see the new Functional Skills courses, due to be rolled out in 2010 as part of the 14-19 reform, are practical skills in English, ICT and mathematics. The same are a part of the four qualification routes of education including GCSEs, Diplomas, Apprenticeships and Foundation Learning. Now experts can be contacted from Creating Careers about developing personalised learning using vocational courses and online and blended study. From 2010, Functional Skills are to be included in the curriculum, ensuring that learners can develop key skills to solve problems at school and in the workplace.

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Functional Skills can also be taken as stand-alone qualifications. Additionally, schools and colleges are being given incentives 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. This will enable students to 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.

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