In 2015, the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) was invited by the then Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to lead a programme to reform maths and English Functional Skills qualifications. The main aims of the Reform Programme were to provide opportunities for all learners to improve their maths and English skills in a contextualised and flexible way, producing qualifications that are rigorous, challenging and well-taught.
The ETF’s programme to reform Functional Skills was based on an extensive research report, ‘Making maths and English work for all’.
From January to March 2015 ETF undertook a major review of employer views of qualifications in maths and English. This was the first major study of its kind; 1400 employers, learners and training organisations took part.
There are three interrelated themes that figure strongly in this review:
Based on the detailed consultations and research conducted in 2015, the ETF, with its delivery partners – Pye Tait Consulting and Learning and Work Institute (LWI) – embarked upon a set of consultations designed to achieve an updated set of National Adult Literacy and Numeracy Standards, Functional Skills Subject Content and, ultimately, Functional Skills maths and English qualifications, recognised and valued by employers.
Reports and background documents from the first phases of the reform programme consultation are available to download. These include: