Evaluate a Range of Ways to Embed Elements of Functional Skills in Your Specialist Area

“Explain ways to embed elements of functional Skills in your specialist area.”

What are the functional skills?

Functional skills are essential skills in English, mathematics and ICT that enable everyone to deal with the practical problems and challenges of life – at home, in education and at work. They are essential to all our lives. For example, they help us :

    • To recognise good value deals when making purchases,

    • in writing an effective application letter,

    • or when using the internet to access local services or online banking.

They are about using English, mathematics and ICT in everyday situations.

Functional skills are a key to success. They open doors to learning, to life and
to work. These skills are valued by employers and further education and are a
platform on which to build other employability skills. Better functional skills can
mean a better future – as learners or as employees.

A key characteristic of functional skills is that they are based on a problem
solving approach. Learners who are ‘functionally skilled’ are able to use and
apply the English/mathematics/ICT they know to tackle problems that arise in
their life and work.


Teaching functional skills in Maths lesson can be achieved by representing the students with problem solving question may look like:
Calculate the area of a rectangle with slides of 4m and 6 m.

To embed more functional skills we could change this to “real life problem” which could be interpreted   such as:
Your school has some funds available to replace the carpet in your classroom with wooden laminate flooring. Create a report with calculations for the school administration to show how much laminate will be required and use website www. screwfix.co.uk to calculate the cost of this flooring.

This example promotes all three functional skills. Literacy skills are required for writing   grammatically correct report. ICT will be used to make a research of companies...