functional skills support

Maths and English support

Maths and English resource hub

Welcome to the maths and English resource hub, here you will find information about digital teaching and learning support resources, brochures, videos, delivery guides and admin support.

Deliver Functional Skills (4748) in 10 easy steps


This guide is designed to get you quickly up to speed in delivering City & Guilds Functional Skills (4748) qualifications. It covers:

• how to navigate the website
• access all of the key information
• utilise the guidance we offer

Go to Functional Skills >

Download the 10 Step Guide >

New to working with us?

New to Functional Skills, new to working with City & Guilds, new to our bite-sized maths and English qualifications, or to our ESOL qualifications?

Each month we run a short introductory webinar where we go through the fundamentals if you're delivering any of our maths, English or ESOL qualifications in England: where to find key documents, how assessments can be accessed/booked, the teaching/learning resources we offer, our practice-sharing networks, details of our regular series of update webinars, etc.

Facilitated by one of our Maths and English Technical Advisors, it's a safe environment where you're free to ask questions and confirm your understanding. It's also a chance to network with others with similar experiences.

Register today

Please only book onto one of these sessions - although you're welcome to share the registration details with others within your organisation who might also benefit from attending.

New to working with us content

Maths, English and ESOL funding guides (England)

We’ve produced a set of funding guides listing every City & Guilds maths, English and ESOL qualification and unit that is eligible for public funding in England. There are two documents: one covering 16+ study programmes, the other covering adult skills.

To make it easier to confirm the status of any qualification or unit you plan to deliver, in each case we’ve included links to the relevant Find a Learning Aim (FaLA) listing.

Access our maths, English and ESOL funding guides

Digital resources for learners and tutors

Digital resources to support your Maths and English delivery

From our e-Functional Skills Reloaded learning platform to SmartScreen, we have a range of digital resources which will support your blended delivery and help you give your learners an independent learning experience.

This webinar will:

  • guide you through how to plan your delivery
  • show you how you can devise individual learning plans for either face to face, virtual or blended delivery
  • show you how you can prepare learners for testing, including mock tests, and sample papers.

Whatever resources or support you need, we’ll walk you through how to use them.

Watch our webinar to discover how our digital resources can support your blended maths and English delivery.

Register for our webinar on 25 January

September 2021

Digital resources to support delivery – watch the recording

Digital resources to support delivery – download the slides (PDF)

July 2021

Digital resources to support delivery – watch the recording

Digital resources to support delivery – download the slides (PDF)

e-Functional Skills Reloaded

A digital solution that fully compliments our new Reformed Functional Skills (4748), all the content is mapped to our qualification offer. Supporting in guiding learners from Initial Assessment and Diagnostic Testing all the way through to being exam ready, covering English, Maths and ICT from Entry 3 to Level 2.

SmartScreen

SmartScreen is the City & Guilds tutor and learner support website. It supports learners, tutors and assessors by providing specific support materials for City & Guilds' qualifications.

 

SmartScreen Maths And English show reel >

SmartScreen Maths and English Walkthrough >

For more information please visit our SmartScreen page.

Journey 2 English

We have partnered with Klik2Learn to offer Journey 2 English, a digital course for intermediate learners of English. It is aligned to City & Guilds ESOL Skills for Life (4692) qualification and available through our SmartScreen platform at a per-learner licencing model.

For a limited time until September, this product is available free to support teachers and learners managing remote delivery

 

Complete maths and English offer

Functional Skills exam change notification forms

Exam changes

You will need to notify us of any changes to the date, time and/or location of scheduled exam bookings by completing this online form.

Invigilation exceptions

Should you need to apply for an invigilation exception, you will need to complete this online form.

CPD training

Visit our dedicated CPD training page for more information.

Connect~Share~Network sessions

Connect~Share~Network – Functional Skills

A space for teachers/tutors and co-ordinators of Functional Skills qualifications with City & Guilds to network, share insights and reflect on their experiences.

Each of these sessions has a maximum of 20 attendees, so there’s plenty of opportunity to talk about your ideas, resources, successes and challenges. They’re facilitated by one of our Maths and English Technical Advisors, but it's not a 'training' session – more a chance to learn from each other.

We’re currently holding Connect~Share~Network sessions on the following topic areas (click on the registration link in each case for details of available dates):

Functional Skills Mathematics

Functional Skills English (Reading and Writing)

Functional Skills English (Speaking, Listening and Communicating)

Connect~Share~Network – ‘Bite-sized’ maths and English qualifications/units

A space for teachers/tutors and co-ordinators delivering City & Guilds’ English/Mathematics Skills (3847) qualifications and units in England to network, share insights and reflect on their experiences.

Each of these sessions has a maximum of 20 attendees, so there’s plenty of opportunity to talk about your ideas, resources, successes and challenges. They’re facilitated by one of our Maths and English Technical Advisors, but it's not a 'training' session – more a chance to learn from each other.

See available dates, and register

Connect~Share~Network – ESOL

A space for teachers/tutors and co-ordinators delivering City & Guilds’ ESOL Skills for Life (4692) qualifications (in England, Northern Ireland and Wales) to network, share insights and reflect on their experiences.

Each of these sessions has a maximum of 20 attendees, so there’s plenty of opportunity to talk about your ideas, resources, successes and challenges. They’re facilitated by one of our Maths and English Technical Advisors, but it's not a 'training' session – more a chance to learn from each other.

See available dates, and register

Connect~Share~Network – Employability

A space for teachers/tutors and co-ordinators delivering City & Guilds’ Employability Skills and Personal/Social Skills (5546) qualifications (in England, Northern Ireland and Wales) to network, share insights and reflect on their experiences.

Each of these sessions has a maximum of 20 attendees, so there’s plenty of opportunity to talk about your ideas, resources, successes and challenges. They’re facilitated by one of our Technical Advisors, but it's not a 'training' session – more a chance to learn from each other.

See available dates, and register

Connect~Share~Network – Essential Skills (Northern Ireland)

A regular space for tutors and co-ordinators of Essential Skills (Northern Ireland) (4800) qualifications with City & Guilds to meet up, touch base, share news and good practice.

Register now

Connect~Share~Network – Essential Skills Wales

A regular space for tutors and co-ordinators of Essential Skills Wales (3868) and Essential Skills for Life and Work (3846) qualifications with City & Guilds to meet up, touch base, share news and good practice.

Register now

Materials from recent Connect~Share~Network sessions

Where applicable, slides from our Connect~Share~Network sessions will be available here.

Monthly #CGMathsEnglish webinars

Sign up for our monthly maths and English webinar updates

Our regular #CGMathsEnglish webinar updates provide two opportunities each month for maths and English practitioners and managers to join us live for an update and Q&A.

Depending on your preferred timeslot, you can sign up for any of the following

(NB: The content of both sessions will be the same each month, so registrants only need to sign up once):

Thursday mornings (normally the second Thursday of each month)

Register now

Wednesday afternoons (normally the fourth Wednesday of each month)

Register now

Please note these sessions focus on maths and English within England. If you’re involved in delivering Essential Skills qualifications in Northern Ireland or Wales, please sign up for the relevant Connect~Share~Network session above.

Recordings and slides from 2021-22 webinars

Watch all the webinars in our #CGMathsEnglish webinar series.

Here you can find recorded content and slides from each of our monthly update webinars. These will normally be added once the last of the two live sessions each month has taken place.

To register for one of the live webinar slots please see ‘Sign up for our monthly maths and English webinar updates’, above.


December 2021

Website walkthrough - watch the recording (YouTube)

Website walkthrough - download the slides (PDF)

November 2021

It’s all about the support - watch the recording (YouTube)

It’s all about the support - download the slides (PDF)

October 2021

Welcome back - watch the recording (YouTube)

Welcome back - download the slides (PDF)

Previous webinar updates – 2020-21

Watch all the webinars in our #CGMathsEnglish webinar series.

Here you can find recorded content and slides from each of our #CGMathsEnglish update webinars for the year up to July 2021.

To register for one of the live webinar slots please see ‘Sign up for our monthly maths and English webinar updates’, above.


July 2021

Looking to the autumn - watch the recording (YouTube)

Looking to the autumn - download the slides (PDF)

June 2021

Reflecting on FS Reform – watch the recording (YouTube)

Reflecting on FS Reform – download the slides (PDF)


May 2021

Delivering the future – watch the recording (YouTube)

Delivering the future – download the slides (PDF)


April 2021

April Showers – watch the recoding (YouTube)

April Showers – download the slides (PDF)


March 2021

Alternative arrangements: the story so far – watch the recording (YouTube)

Alternative arrangements: the story so far – download the slides (PDF)


February 2021

Basics of assessment – watch the recording (YouTube)

Basics of assessment – download the slides (PDF)


January 2021

New Year: best foot forward – watch the recording (YouTube)

New Year: best foot forward – download the slides (PDF)


December 2020

Enabling further access to FS assessments – watch the recording (YouTube)

Enabling further access to FS assessments – download the slides (PDF)


November 2020

Thinking on our feet – watch the recording (YouTube)

Thinking on our feet – download the slides (PDF)


October 2020

Moving forward – watch the recording (YouTube)

Moving forward – download the slides (PDF)

Previous webinar updates – 2019-20

Watch all the webinars in our #CGMathsEnglish webinar series.

Here you can find recorded content and slides from each of our #CGMathsEnglish update webinars for the year up to July 2020.

To register for one of the live webinar slots please see ‘Sign up for our monthly maths and English webinar updates’, above.


July 2020

What is the New Normal? – watch the webinar recording (YouTube)

What is the New Normal? – download the slides (PDF)


June 2020

Mitigation and beyond – watch the webinar recording (YouTube)

Mitigation and beyond – download the slides (PDF)

17 June – Maths and English Covid-19 update – watch the webinar recording (YouTube)

17 June – Maths and English Covid-19 update – download the slides (PDF)

10 June – Maths and English Covid-19 update – watch the webinar recording (YouTube)

10 June – Maths and English Covid-19 update – download the slides (PDF)


May 2020

Supporting you through Covid-19 – watch the webinar recording (YouTube)

Supporting you through Covid-19 – download the slides (PDF)


April 2020

Situation and Support – watch the webinar recording (YouTube)

Situation and Support – download the slides (PDF)


March 2020

Covid-19 Impact – watch the webinar recording (YouTube)

Covid-19 Impact – download the slides (PDF)


February 2020

OpenAssess – watch the webinar recording (YouTube)

OpenAssess – download the slides (PDF)


January 2020

Funding myths and opportunities – watch the webinar recording (YouTube)

Funding myths and opportunities – download the slides (PDF)

Pre-launch taster 1

Functional Skills reforms Go Live – watch the webinar recording (YouTube)

Functional Skills reforms Go Live – download the slides (PDF)

Pre-launch taster 2

FS English Speaking, Listening and Communicating – watch the webinar recording (YouTube)

FS English Speaking, Listening and Communicating – download the slides (PDF)


Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we will be providing  additional webinars to support you through these unprecedented times.

Employability & Maths and English – 17.06.2020

View the webinar recording


Essential Skills Wales – 04.06.2020

View the webinar recording


ESOL – 05.06.2020

Download the webinar recording

Functional Skills reform webinar series 2018-19