Functional Skills Reform Programme first stage announced by the ETF

The ETF announces today the delivery partners and confirms the timetable for the first part of the Functional Skills Reform Programme.

Following a successful proposal to Government, the Foundation is leading a programme of reform to ensure Functional Skills provide a route for young people, and adults returning to education, to achieve a robust qualification that has credibility with employers. Our aim is to reform Functional Skills qualifications in maths and English to ensure they provide opportunities for all learners to improve their skills in a contextualised and flexible way.

Through a competitive tendering process, we have appointed Pye Tait Consulting, in partnership with NIACE, to lead the consultation on our behalf and ICF to lead an independent evaluation. The consultation will open on 14th January 2016 and close on 7th April 2016. There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved and have your say. To keep updated with events, you can subscribe to our e-newsletter.

We have appointed a Working Group made up of members from AoC, AELP, FSB, HOLEX, and UKCES. It will have oversight of the Reform Programme and ensure consultations are effective and manage opinions to reach consensus.

The first stage of the Reform Programme will result in an updated set of National Adult Literacy and Numeracy Standards and a report with policy recommendations for Ministers. This will include:

• what levels of Functional Skills are needed for life and work;
• the breadth of skills that the new qualifications should include; and
• the number of guided learning hours needed to successfully achieve Functional Skills for learners on technical and professional programmes of study, including Apprenticeships.

The first stage of the Reform Programme will be completed by August 2016 and, subject to further funding, we plan to produce new core curricula and a continuing professional development programme to support teaching of the new qualifications in 2018.

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