Planning and Delivering Key Skills


The content of this assignment will explore the historical concepts and the purpose of ‘key skills’ as well as discuss the significance it has today. I will also show how I have implemented key skills into my lessons.

The Historical concept of key skills

Key Skills are defined as generic, transferable skills that people can learn
and develop in a wide variety of situations. The ability to write, read and speak in Welsh or English as well as a basic level of numeracy is seen to be crucial to an individual’s employability, as well as maintaining an acceptable standard of living. Arguments have been raised against what some see as a wasteful ‘chimera hunt’ in pursuit of spurious transferability (Hyland & Johnson, 1998).
In the UK Key Skills are seen as fundamental by employers and have been a focus of vocational courses within the FE sector. The Dearing Report 1996 was a crucial step for the introduction of key skills throughout the curriculum as they introduced the idea of ‘Key Skills for All’. This was a major change with all 16-19 year olds being offered key skills qualifications not just exclusively to those on vocational courses (Hodgson and Spours, 2002).

The Dearing Report (1996) is a review of post-16 Education and the Further Education (FE) sector. The Dearing Report stated that there must be an improvement in communications and Application of Number, it also stressed the need to have an actual key skills qualification readily available for the academic and vocational pathways. Dearing had also been asked to solve immediate problems and to look ahead to the future. Dearing’s vision was that higher education should help contribute to the development of a learning society: (The expansion of Higher Education, Anne-Marie Bathmaker, (2003). ‘’Over the next 20 years, the United Kingdom must create a society committed to learning throughout life. The commitment will be required from individuals, the state, employers and providers of...