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Providers’ views sought on Functional Skills

Teachers, trainers, leaders and managers from across the country are being invited to share their opinions in a survey on the future of Functional Skills from today – Wednesday 18 May.

The survey – which is part of the Functional Skills Reform Programme, funded by BIS and led by the Education and Training Foundation – is open to all those working across the following sectors:

  • Adult and community learning
  • Further Education
  • Offender learning
  • Private training and learning
  • Work-based and union learning

In particular, the survey is seeking opinions on the following issues:

  • The role of digital skills and technology
  • The structure and size of qualifications
  • Distinction between levels
  • Motivation for learners
  • CPD

Sue Southwood, Programme Manager at the Education and Training Foundation, said:

“Functional Skills have already made a significant difference to many people. Your feedback in this survey will help us ensure these qualifications are fit for purpose across the wide variety of settings in which they are taught.”

“We want to support innovative and dynamic forms of delivery, leading to better outcomes for learners by giving them the skills and confidence to thrive in learning, in work and in life. It’s therefore essential that we hear from people working on the ‘front-line’, your views and experience will be invaluable.

“This survey will also provide crucial information for us to devise a CPD programme to support teachers and trainers. Please take the time to complete it.”

The survey – co-ordinated by Pye Tait Consulting – is open until 5pm Friday 24th June 2016. 

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