Functional Skills News and Updates

Functional Skills reform

The Functional Skills reform is well underway and the new qualifications will be available for teaching from September 2019. We’re here to support you through the reform to ensure that you’re fully prepared for the new curriculum, delivery, assessment and more. As well as producing hundreds of learning resources and support materials for the new qualifications, we’re also hosting delivery training events, webinars and offering support visits to help our centres feel prepared and confident in their planning and delivery of the reformed qualifications.

If you’d like to find out more then get in touch – [email protected]

Functional Skills qualification submission

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve submitted the below Functional Skills qualifications to Ofqual for approval:

  • Entry Level 1-3 English
  • Level 1 English
  • Level 2 English
  • Entry Level 1-3 Mathematics
  • Level 1 Mathematics
  • Level 2 Mathematics

The reformed Functional Skills qualifications will be live from September 2019 and registrations on the current Functional Skills qualifications will close on 31 August 2019. If you’d like to discuss delivering the new Functional Skills qualifications in your organisation please email [email protected].

Functional Skills Mapping Documents

We’ve produced some useful mapping documents to help illustrate how the current Functional Skills content will translate to the reformed qualifications.

The documents indicate new content, content that’s changed levels as well as commends on content that may have previously been implicitly indicated.

English

Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2

Maths

Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2

Functional Skills reform – Preparation Checklist

From September 2019 your learners will need to be registered on to the new Functional Skills qualifications for English and maths, these will be available at Entry Level 1 through to Level 2. Registrations on the current qualifications close on 31 August 2019 and you will have up to 12 months for registered learners to complete.

We want to help prepare you and your assessors for delivery of these new qualifications, and we have prepared a self-assessment to make sure that you’re fully prepared for September 2019.

Take a look at our handy checklist here.

NCFE Functional Skills reform guide

We've created a quick guide to the reform which highlights the main changes you'll see in the reformed qualifications as well as some information on how we can support you through the transition.

Reform Calendar

Take a look at our calendar to see the key milestones of the reform and find out how we can support you through the changes.

English and maths for all? - 4/10/2018

The Functional Skills reform is under a year away from completion, with the new Functional Skills qualifications going live from September 2019.

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Visit the DfE’s website to view their latest updates on the reform