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New Awards for Teachers of English and Maths

Industry Qualifications has further developed its range of qualifications in the teaching and education sector with the announcement of two new awards designed specifically for teachers of English and Maths.

The IQ Level 3 Award in Mathematics for Numeracy Teaching and the IQ Level 3 Award in English for Literacy and Language Teaching will provide those involved in these fields with a solid foundation, allowing them to work as teaching assistants or as practitioners of Functional Skills. These awards will also serve as evidence for those wishing to progress to further levels such as the Level 5 Subsidiary Diploma in Teaching English (Literacy) in the Lifelong Sector.

To achieve the Numeracy qualification, learners must complete 2 of the 3 available units. These centre on using Maths in a variety of different settings, whether academic, professional and vocational or public and personal. This element of choice allows the award to be tailored to the needs of individual learners. Those taking the qualification in English will complete four units, which are divided around the key skills of reading, speaking and writing, alongside an assignment based unit on analysing language.

The development of these qualifications complements IQ’s continued work on Functional Skills, for which we were recently approved by Ofqual, (see here). With the growing significance of Functional Skills in the vocational and educational sectors, these qualifications will give practitioners a thorough grounding in the skills they need.

Commenting on the development of these awards, Maureen Emmett, director of EM Skills and Head of IQ Functional Skills, said “With so many learners now taking Functional Skills we are going to need to up-skill a lot of non-subject specialists to help with the delivery. These qualifications are just what practitioners need to ensure that they have both the underpinning knowledge and the practical application in English and Mathematics to deliver Functional Skills effectively.”

We anticipate that the awards will go live before the end of February. Finally, we are considering developing a similar qualification for ICT practitioners and are currently looking to gauge sector demand. If you would be interested in this award or are looking to offer the English and Maths qualifications then please get in touch.

Jan 29, 2013 12:17 PM