The Minister for Skills and Equalities, Nick Boles MP, has asked the Foundation to submit a proposal for a reform programme to update English and maths Functional Skills qualifications. This will build on our recent report, Making Maths and English Work for All that recommended that Functional Skills Qualifications, with some work, can provide rigorous and relevant content and signal to employers mastery of practical maths and English skills.
David Russell, Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation commented, “Since our inception we have been delivering significant programmes of work to help providers build capacity in their teaching workforce to meet the demand for maths and English. Our review ‘Making maths and English Work for all’ clearly demonstrated the demand for qualifications which provide practical maths and English skills.
“We are delighted to have been asked by the Minister to set out what a programme of reform to update English and Maths Functional Skills qualifications would involve. We will use our unique sector-owned position in the skills system to consult with education and training professionals and their representatives, employers and other key stakeholders such as Awarding Organisations, alongside BIS, DfE and OfQual.”