I. Introduction

The Functional skills standards provide a single ladder of achievement from unknowing to knowing level that is available to all learners from Key Stage 3 upwards, whatever learning pathway they are taking. The standards support learners in building, developing and consolidating skills that can be applied and transferred to a range of contexts, both within and beyond the English classroom. The focus is on securing skills that can be used in learning, work and everyday life.

The curriculum opportunities section of the programmes of study specifies that speak, listen and write for contexts beyond the classroom. This requirement ensures that pupils select, use and apply their functional skills in a range of purposeful situations. The programmes of study also stress the need to provide compelling learning experiences for pupils so that they engage more profoundly with what they are learning and internalize the skills they are developing.

II. Objectives Of Course