Government’s plan for reforming secondary education and the place functional skills will play
‘The Government today (14/12/05) set out detailed plans for driving forward radical reform in secondary education, with a new entitlement that will guarantee young people a choice of 14 specialised Diplomas, alongside the existing curriculum, and ensure that by 2015 nine out of ten will choose to stay on in education or training at the age of 16.’
‘Improving the basics:
£315m recently announced for the next two years to personalise learning for pupils at Key Stage 3, including targeting funding to provide extra support for those falling behind in the basics; changes to the schools’ performance tables to include maths and English alongside GCSE results, with trials starting in 2006; from 2006, trialling “functional skills” at the core of English and maths, defined in partnership with employers, higher education institutions and others as the basic literacy and numeracy skills that young people need to get on in life and the workplace. In future no young person will be able to get a GCSE grade C or above in English and maths or a General or specialised Diploma without having mastered them.’
Click here to read the implementation plan.
The implementation plan follows on from Developing a coherent 14-19 phase of education and training
An update on functional skills can be found in the News section of the Totally Skilled website – see links.