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This document explains the process for carrying out initial assessment of English and maths skill levels along with the delivery model where appropriate, for supporting apprentices to achieve entry level requirement in English and/or maths.

In carrying out the initial assessment we ensure the correct level of funding is applied to each individual apprentice and that apprenticeship funding is not used to pay for, or accredit, existing skills.

Initial Assessments

All prospective apprentices are required to complete an application form and submit a CV.  Evidence of the achievement of English and Maths GCSEs or functional skills is also requested.  We validate this information against the Personal Learning Record.  Any exemptions identified are stored with the apprentice’s learner record.


For all non-exempt applicants, we use Dynamic Learning by Hodder Education as our initial diagnostic tool for apprentice assessments to establish their individual learning requirements prior to their enrolment.  Following the assessment, the Functional Skills Tutor reviews the results and provides these to the Recruitment consultant to complete compliance checks.

New cohorts of apprentices detailing allocations are sent to the Functional Skills Tutor at the end of each month by the DMT team.


Our model of delivery is blended including remote teaching sessions, self-study and face to face delivery.


The Functional Skills Tutor allocates a license for the Dynamic Learning platform for each apprentice with functional skills maths and/or English needs.  The Functional Skills Tutor will contact by telephone introducing themselves and explains the process of delivery.  This information is confirmed in a welcome email containing log in details for the Dynamic Learning system to the apprentice.

The Functional Skills Tutor will review the initial assessment to develop a scheme of work specific to each apprentice’s need.

The assessment results will be recorded on Maytas and the scheme of work’s developed and recorded on Onefile.  Details of the functional skills delivery will be included in the commitment statement.

Remote Sessions: These will take place every 3 weeks from the starting point of the apprentice. The remote sessions will be 1 hour long and cover 1 functional skill subject to be delivered by the Functional Skills Tutor using Go To Meeting.  

There will be 4 remote x 1-hour sessions delivered to each apprentice. This will be conducted through Go to Meeting and the attendance is registered on One File.

Self-Study & Guided Learning:

Apprentice’s are actively encouraged to use the Dynamic Learning platform which is available 24/7 to access various learning tools to complete self-study.  The Functional Skills Tutor will set tasks on Onefile for the Apprentice to complete using the Dynamic Tool.

Face to Face delivery:

Upon completion of the 4 remote sessions being carried out and tasks set within the scheme of works, The Functional Skills Tutor will visit the apprentice to carry out final training and preparation to allow the apprentice to sit the examinations the following morning.

Mocks & Exams

Apprentice’s will be set two mock papers that they must sit in exam conditions.  The Functional Skills Tutor will mark the mocks & confirm whether an Apprentice is ready to sit examination.  A minimum of 68% must be achieved in all.

Apprentices will sit the examination the morning after the face to face training delivered by the Functional Skills Tutor.

The Functional Skills Tutor will make arrangements to ensure the examination can be sat in a quiet location with no disturbances and an invigilator is present. This will also include ensuring the software is accessible to the apprentice and there are no concerns with access.

Re-sit process

Should an apprentice fail to pass their examination, the following will apply:

The Functional Skills Tutor will deliver a further 1-hour remote session and a 1 day visit to offer preparation training for the exam.

The mandatory turnaround time from an apprentice failing the exam to them re-sitting their examination will be 2 weeks maximum.

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