The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has announced that the consultation stage of their Functional Skills reform programme will begin on 14 January, lasting approximately three months. The consultation will be led by Pye Tait Consulting and NIACE, who were successful in their tender applications.
Practitioners across the sector have been assured that there will be “…plenty of opportunities to get involved and have your say”, and a working group including representatives from AELP, AoC, FSB, HOLEX and UKCES has been established to oversee the entire reform programme.
Following the consultation, the remainder of ‘stage one’ will be completed by August 2016, when it is expected that updated National Adult Literacy and Numeracy Standards will be released. This will be accompanied by a report including recommendations for the level and breadth of skills that Functional Skills qualifications should include, as well as an approximation of the number of guided learning hours needed to successfully achieve a Functional Skills qualification.