Functional Skills gets funding boost
1st4sport Qualifications welcomes the decision to double the funding for adult English and maths functional skills, and for English and maths within an Apprenticeship, as announced by the Minister for Skills, Matthew Hancock, on Tuesday 20 November.
In his speech to the Association of Colleges Annual Conference, the Minister for Skills, Matthew Hancock, said:
“And there is one area where Britain should lead the world, but where sinfully we have allowed ourselves to fall behind. Here in these islands, we invented the English language that now dominates the globe. It is the global language: of trade, of culture, of diplomacy, and of the arts. And our history is littered with many of the advances in mathematics too.
“Yet too many of our young people cannot read or write, or add up properly. This is a scandal and it must change. We are reforming schools, and exams at 16, to make this happen. That great revolution will take a generation. But we don’t have a generation. And it often falls to you to pick up the pieces.
“So to show the value we attach to English and Maths, and to make sure you’ve got the resources to deliver, today I’m announcing we are doubling the amount we pay for adult English and Maths functional skills, and for English and Maths within an Apprenticeship. English and Maths are the foundation of learning and we must succeed.”
Photo shows: Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills.