According to data released by the Skills Funding Agency, the average success rates for Functional Skills qualifications across the country stands at 62.9%. This figure takes into account results from FE Colleges, Tertiary Colleges and Independent Learning Providers.
It is the first time that Functional Skills has been included in these official statistics, which show that 203,680 out of 323,320 enrolled individuals successfully achieved a Functional Skills qualification in 2013/14.
With the remaining 119,640 enrolled learners failing to achieve their qualifications, some leading practitioners have criticised the government’s investment in English and maths, particularly as it is currently high on their agenda. As reported in FE Week, Dr Matt O’Leary cited a lack of specialist teaching staff as a result of under investment, as a contributing factor, while stating he thought that providers ‘had done well to produce the results they have’. Professor Ed Sallis agreed that the statistics suggest that some practitioners ‘need more support and training’.
Data collected as part of bksb’s annual Customer Satisfaction Survey shows that 85% of bksb clients achieve success rates for Functional Skills English and/or Maths that are above the national average, showing the high quality of the assessments and resources. If you are a customer who feels that you’re not getting the most out of the bksb solution, or if you aren’t currently a bksb user and would like to start utilising our market-leading solution, please do get in touch. At bksb, we have an experienced team of Regional Advisors, who will be able to help you maximise the effectiveness of our complete suite of assessments and resources.