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ATL comment on plans to review maths and English Functional Skills qualifications

ATL | Association of Teachers and Lecturers

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Commenting on the Education and Training Foundations plans to review maths and English Functional Skills qualifications, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

“As a member of the Functional Skills Reform Programme Expert Advisory Group, ATL supports the review of maths and English Functional Skills qualifications.

“The review is timely as it is over five years since the qualifications were launched.  The Education Training Foundation is right to say Functional Skills are “not broken” and work can be done to improve them.

“Functional Skills are the most popular qualifications after GCSEs, with one million awarded every year.  So it is clear their relevance is already acknowledged by industry, practitioners and learners, but their credibility and value needs to be recognised by government ministers.”

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