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Using Post-16 Phonics Approaches with English, Maths & Vocational Learners - Education Training Collective

Principal focus of the project

The project focused on meeting the requirements of the revised Functional Skills English Curriculum (DfE, 2018) in supporting project members as they implemented curriculum changes in order to enhance learners’ literacy skills.

Areas of learning
What is this about and what were the main findings?

The project aimed to meet the requirements of the functional skills curriculum through:

  1. Introducing phonics-based activities into teaching sessions.
  2. Monitoring and reviewing the impact of the phonics-based activities on learning.
  3. Promoting the strategies through creating a virtual learning platform.

As a result of the project, colleagues grew in confidence in supporting learners through a phonics-based approach. A significant number of learners improved their spelling skills and enhanced their reading and writing practices.

Number of participants who worked with the project
Name of associate programmes

OTLA Phase 6 (English)


An OTLA project by the Education Training Collective to meet the requirements of the revised Functional Skills English Curriculum and to build on Ofsted feedback regarding the delivery of maths and English.