New English and maths qualifications need learner input

19 November 2014

Responding to the announcement by the Skills Minister Nick Boles, that there will be a review of the best way to achieve and accredit maths and English skills, David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“It is vital that the skills system works closely with employers to design English and maths qualifications that they value and recognise. But we also need to involve learners in that process. English and maths (and digital) skills are the bedrock on which people can build the other skills they need in work and in life. It is great news that the Minister has recognised their value and that he wants to raise the profile of maths and English qualifications other than GCSEs.

“Our work has shown that adults are most readily motivated back into learning when the curriculum is relevant to their lives and work. We know that some of the Functional Skills delivery does that well and that we can learn from some of the employers, including the Army, who have used Functional Skills to rapidly help improve people’s skills. 

“We are keen to support the Minister in making sure that these new English and maths qualifications are rigorous, well-taught and better respected.”