Why are functional skills important?

Functional skills are important because they provide the skills, knowledge and understanding for young people and adults to progress in work, education and life.

It relates to transferring to learner’s ability to solve problems to real-life contexts. Functional skills are the fundamental English, Maths and ICT skills to aid their working and personal lives. People can study for these qualifications in practical ways. 

This blog post explains what functional skills are and why they are important.

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5 potential career paths for…economics students

Economics influences every aspect of the modern world. As such, students who have an interest in, and choose to study, economics have a variety of career paths to choose from.

The skills learned through economics are also highly transferable, allowing students to move into fields they wouldn’t initially have contemplated.

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Vocational qualifications for disengaged students

The negative connotations that come along with a student who is disengaged do little to help the pupil or school in tackling underlying issues, and in fact there has long since been a link between low teacher expectations and a self-fulfilling prophecy of a student who underperforms.

Allowing students to struggle in the traditional classroom setting has now been recognised as counterproductive for all – for teacher, for pupil and for fellow pupils.

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