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Functional skills are the essential elements of English, mathematics and ICT that individuals need to enable them to engage successfully as citizens and progress to further learning or employment. Functional English, mathematics and ICT help learners reinforce skills in communication, problem solving, listening, time management and team working.

Functional skills form part of the government’s reform of education for 14–19-year-olds, the overarching aim of which is to ensure young people are able to thrive in today’s rapidly changing economy. This means supporting all young people to achieve their full potential, whatever their aptitudes, abilities and interests.

Functional skills are to be embedded in all learning pathways for 14–19-year-olds, and will replace key skills. This booklet is a quick and easy guide to functional skills for all teachers and practitioners.

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LeafletFunctional Skills: A guide

Reference: 01158-2009LEF-EN
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AudienceCorporation of FE Institutions, DCSF, School Advisers, Secondary headteachers, Secondary Schools
Date issuedMarch 2010

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  • About this booklet
  • Why functional skills are so important
  • Functional skills in context
  • Functional skills across the curriculum
  • Functional skills responsibilities
  • Functional skills qualifications
  • Functional skills across all pathways
  • Case studies
  • Further information and support
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