Skills Minister Robert Halfon has admitted that GCSE English and maths qualifications are not always the best option for further education students.
Mr Halfon made the admission at the annual AoC conference as part of his keynote speech, explaining that a “credible, high-quality option” for learners who are unlikely to achieve in GCSE English and/or maths is clearly needed. He also suggested that Functional Skills qualifications are likely to be the government’s preferred option:
“This is why we are reforming Functional Skills to make sure that they are genuinely relevant to employers, and consequently have credibility and prestige in the jobs market.”
The Education and Training Foundation’s multi-stage Functional Skills reform programme draws to a close in 2018 when the revised qualifications are expected to be released.