Functional skills more relevant than scraping a GCSE pass

Functional skills more relevant than scraping a GCSE pass

Writing in FE Week, Mark Dawe, chief executive of the AELP, said that “it is vital that functional skills count towards the 20 per cent of time required to be learning off the job within an apprenticeship programme.”

With the government showing no signs of abandoning compulsory GCSE resits for 16 to 18-year-olds, Mark also highlighted the stories of students “making as many as seven brave but hugely demoralising attempts to pass.” He went on to reference the “truly fantastic effort” of 30,000 resit students achieving a good grade in maths, while “sadly another 100,000 failed” – around 77%.

The AELP have made a written submission to the skills minister calling for the resits policy to be adjusted – so it’s no longer mandatory but optional – and for the learning of functional skills to count towards the 20 per cent of time required to be learning off the job within an apprenticeship programme.

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