The Department for Education has published a consultation on the proposed subject content for English and maths Functional Skills. The qualifications were introduced in 2010 and improvements are being made to ensure they equip students with the right skills and knowledge they need to prepare them for work, and to improve their recognition and credibility with employers.
Anne Milton, The Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, had this to say on the reform: “Across all levels in both subjects we have improved how students learn to read, write, communicate, use numbers, measures, handle mathematical information and solve problems.”
The new content covers what skills employers feel they need in their workforce and sets out the learning aims. The new content also covers the requirements and standards of each Functional Skills qualification, from Entry Level 1-3 up to Levels 1 and 2.
“In English, by Level 2, students are required to read, write and communicate using straightforward and complex instructive, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive texts on a range of technical and non-technical topics.”
In Entry Level 1-3 spelling lists have been reduced following feedback, as some employers believe this “needs to be relevant to the workplace and level qualification.”
Anne Milton also states that: “In mathematics, by Level 2, students are required to use numbers of any size and form, including ratios, fractions, decimals and percentages, construct, interpret and handle a range of statistical information and data, and use their knowledge and skills to obtain solutions to complex problems.”
The new content will be taught from September 2019. For further information see the links to all the documentation below: