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Sector insights

English and maths skills are key to laying the foundations for learners to progress in their learning, lives and work. Everyone should have access to developing their knowledge in English and maths, particularly with the emphasis placed on ensuring these subjects are embedded as part of wider learning programmes including T Levels, apprenticeships and traineeships. 

Research commissioned by NCFE in 2019 showed that 68% of people think learners should be given the option to take alternative exams other than GCSEs. Our English and maths provision supports schools, colleges and training providers with alternative options, opening the door for their learners to achieve and succeed in these vital subjects.

Essential English and maths in everyday life

Essential English and maths in everyday life qualifications are a brand-new option for your learners who are looking for an alternative route to gaining the core English and maths skills that they’ll need in everyday life. Built around the Functional Skills subject content, these qualifications allow you to build a flexible learning programme that collects evidence of achievement along the way, rather than through a final assessment.

We’ve been committed to playing our part in improving the literacy and numeracy skills of learners of all backgrounds since 1848, and we’re therefore delighted to have partnered with The Prince’s Trust to ensure that all funds from these qualifications will be donated to their literacy, language and numeracy programme.

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Functional Skills qualifications are available for English, maths and ICT from entry Level 1 to Level 2. With our flexible on demand assessments, including remote invigilation and 6-day result turnaround, our Functional Skills are ideal for apprenticeship providers, colleges, training providers and schools. We offer free tutor support and a host of teaching and learning resources for all delivery styles. 

Skills Builder is a comprehensive initial assessment and diagnostic solution that can support your Functional Skills delivery. The assessment will determine your learners’ current level in Functional Skills for all subjects and GCSE English and maths. With One Assessment, you can assess your learners’ English and maths in a single 30-minute assessment and tailor it for both Functional Skills and GCSE. The system can provide an individual skills plan complete with resources that supports the learner in their progression, and as a tutor you can measure the distance travelled by each learner. Complete with a quality dashboard that provides all the reporting you need, Skills Builder is the perfect tool for all providers delivering English and maths.

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View our progression route map to see how our range of English and maths qualifications connect to support your curriculum planning and learner progression.