Ofqual Functional Skills Thematic Review

Update on revised English and Maths Functional Skills Assessments at L1 and L2 - January 2016

As you’ll be aware, we recently made some changes to our externally assessed Functional Skills English and Maths assessments at Level 1 and 2.

We'd like to share the answers to some of the key questions that have started to come through from centres, now that results are being released. 

Read about the January 2016 update >

New Functional Skills English Reading and Writing assessments now live

Our revised Functional Skills English Reading and Writing assessments at levels 1 and 2 are now live.

To review the details of the transition to the revised English assessments please see the associated guidance below.

Download Guide >

New Functional Skills Maths assessments are now live

Our revised Functional Skills Maths assessments at levels 1 and 2 are now live.

To review the details of the transition to the revised Maths assessments please see the associated guidance below.

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Support material

A suite of support materials designed to help you plan, deliver and prepare learners for the revised Functional Skills assessments is now available. Details of what’s available and how to access the material is listed below. 

Summary of improvements

To help you understand the improvements being made to our Functional Skills assessments we have put together this handy guide. 

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New sample papers, mark schemes and worked examples

New sample papers, mark schemes and worked examples are now available for onscreen and paper-delivered assessments. Sample papers, mark schemes and worked examples can be found on the Functional Skills qualification page and can be viewed by clicking the 'Document' tab and selecting the relevant 'Level' drop downs. The sample papers, mark schemes and worked examples are in zipped files clearly labelled within a drop down named 'Functional Skills from autumn 2015.'

Guidance for delivery

Detailed information about the revised assessments is provided in our 'Guidance for Delivery' documents. Available for both Mathematics and English, the documents provide detailed information about the structure and requirements of the assessments and include examples of assessment tasks.

The 'Guidance for Delivery' documents can be found on the Functional Skills qualification page and can be viewed by clicking the 'Documents' tab and selecting the relevant ‘Level’ drop downs. The documents are clearly labelled within a drop down named 'Functional Skills from autumn 2015.'

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FUNCTIONAL SKILLS ASSESSMENT CHANGES WEBINAR

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E-Functional Skills

e-Functional Skills is a complete online Functional Skills teaching and learning experience designed to help a centre guide learners, whether apprentices, work-based learners or independent learners, from initial assessment to exam success.

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Our Advance service offers bespoke Maths and English consultancy to help management and delivery teams to develop and implement maths and English strategies and improve standards of teaching, learning and assessment across their organisation.

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