The Functional Skills reform programme (led by ETF) is now reviewing the 2nd draft of the new standards. We asked David Redden (External QA for Functional Skills at NCFE) for his views on how the reform programme is progressing and below is a summary of the key points.
- NCFE are expecting to release the new qualification to the market in Spring 2018, a few months before the expected start of the qualification on 1st September 2018.
- The existing FS qual will be withdrawn by March 2019 in line with Ofqual plans.
- To support the objective of more “rigour”, the new FS qual is expected to be around 65 GLH (about 40% bigger than now) and will include more digital integration and real life applications.
- It’s likely that external assessments from all AOs approved for the new qualifications will be standardised – this is a significant change from the current system and should help in establishing Functional Skills as the alternative to GCSE 9-1.
- To keep up to date with developments, there is a “Linkedin group” – simply search NCFE Functional Skills from Linkedin.
We met David at the NCFE Functional Skills half day seminars. There are still two events left:
- 30 Nov at Cache, St Albans
- 1 Dec at North Warwickshire and Hinkley College
Another event of interest is the Post-16 English and maths conference on Friday 9 December organised by Capita.