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Being Functional

Being functional builds on effective practice by using and repurposing proven resources from key skills and Skills for Life to support the planning and delivery of functional skills. They bring together existing key skills and Skills for Life resources that have been recommended by English, mathematics and ICT teachers and other experts, and suggest new ways in which they might be used and adapted to support the planning, delivery and assessment of functional skills.

The resources in this section will support you in the planning and delivery of functional skills, helping you to ensure that learners are engaged, motivated and able to recognise and demonstrate real-life applications of functional skills in their learning, work and everyday lives.

The sections below can be used individually to target key issues for functional skills providers, giving focused support on topics such as assessment for learning, embedding functional skills or whole organisation approach. Together, they provide a comprehensive suite of resources that can be used across organisations to support CPD, develop whole organisation approaches and promote learner progression in functional skills.

About these resources

These resources bring together existing key skills and Skills for Life resources, suggesting new ways in which they might be used and adapted to support the planning, delivery and assessment of functional skills by building on effective practice.

Find out more about these resources

Interactive functional skills readiness tool

This is a health check designed to help you and your colleagues assess the quality of your functional skills provision. It has a particular focus on the implementation of a whole organisation approach and is designed for use by all types of provider delivering functional skills.

Find out more about the interactive functional skills readiness tool

Library of resources

The library contains resources from key skills and Skills for Life that functional skills teachers and experts recommended for supporting the planning and delivery of functional skills. Filter options are provided to shortlist the results and guidance to support the adaptation of these resources is available to download.

Find out more about the library of resources

CPD activities

There are three CPD activities, each focusing on a different priority area for functional skills (assessment for learning, embedding functional skills and whole organisation approach). The activities include guidance notes to support you in either facilitating group CPD sessions or in carrying out individual CPD.

Find out more about the CPD activities