Functional Skills

Sam Evans / Natalie Cheung

Submission Date
12th October 2010

Word Count

Functional Skills
Embeding techniques
Ronald Hewey

Table of Contents
Introduction 3
Functional Skills 3
Embedding Functional Skills 4
Conclusion 5
Bibliography 6


The aim of this report is to discuss key aspects of embedding Functional Skills and methods used to embed into teaching within specific areas.
Functional Skills

Functional skills have been introduced to address government and employers' concerns over raising standards in basic literacy and numeracy, for learners of all ages.

Functional skills aims to give learners a practical grounding in applying Maths, English and ICT skills to everyday situations, with a strong focus on explanation and problem-solving, rather than abstract concepts and recall. Functional Skills are also a standalone qualification at levels one and two and are encouraged in schools as they prepare learners for progression into further education and employment.

The key emphasis on Functional Skills appear to be a set of practical skills that allow individuals to work confidently and effectively in education and employment.

The key skills illustrated, will also help develop important competences in communication, team working, presentation and problem solving.

Functional Skills are also essential for getting the most from education, training and employment, and for the personal development of all learners. These skills collectively have been described by (Gravells, A. 2006, P70) as transferable skills.

Embedding Functional Skills

As a tutor, aspects of transferable skills may be required to be embedded into the delivery of my teaching. If I were teaching in my chosen field of General Studies, all functional skills would be required for this subject area.

For example: I would set an...