Maths and English Functional Skills Reform Programme

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Reformed Functional Skills will be introduced in September 2019.  The Department for Education’s consultation on subject content and Ofqual’s consultation on the approach to regulating reformed Functional Skills qualifications are both closed.

ETF will continue to support the Functional Skills Reform Programme, undertaking work to prepare the teaching workforce. The qualification landscape is complex – with several hundred qualifications available and changes to terminology over the years. GCSE is a well-known qualification with an established brand. However, our consultation showed that employers’ primary focus was the need for young people and adults with good practical maths and English skills, regardless of the specific qualification taken. Almost half of employers surveyed now recognise Functional Skills qualifications, but three quarters of employers consulted also believe action is needed to improve practical maths and English skills.

Once the subject content is approved, we aim to revise the Pre-entry Curriculum Framework.  We are currently developing exemplar teaching resources and training to support teachers and a new module for initial teacher training.

Reports from the first phase of the reform programme consultation are available to download. These include:

A summary of the Functional Skills Reform Programme is also available. You can find out more about the first phase on the Pye Tait website.