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Maths and English Functional Skills Reform Programme

The first phase of the Functional Skills Reform Programme has now come to a close. During this phase we have consulted with more than one thousand individuals, organisations and businesses on the steps needed to make maths and English Functional Skills qualifications more robust and more credible.

We have consulted widely with many experts and stakeholders from business and the education and skills sector. The feedback, comments and input we have received on a range of issues – including the subject content for Functional Skills and the draft standards for literacy and numeracy – were compiled into a final report with a series of recommendations. This was presented to Ministers at the Department for Education in November. The Government is due to respond to these in the New Year, when the final recommendations will be published.

Meanwhile reports from the consultations that happened during the first phase are available to download. These include:

Looking further ahead, our current timeline is working towards first teaching of the revised qualifications in September 2018. We are also working on the development of new, robust, dynamic and inclusive exemplar curricula. This will not only support teachers but ultimately improve outcomes for learners by helping them to gain both the confidence and competence to use maths and English in all areas of work, further study and life.

A summary of the Functional Skills Reform Programme is available and further information is detailed at the consultation website . A full set of questions and answers related to this reform, from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, are also available.