Press release

UKCES welcomes employer involvement in review of maths and English qualifications

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) today welcomed skills minister Nick Boles’ announcement that that the Education and Training Foundation is to undertake a review of maths and English qualifications.

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) today welcomed skills minister Nick Boles’ announcement that that the Education and Training Foundation is to undertake a review of maths and English qualifications.

The review will work with employers to consider the best ways to achieve and accredit maths and English skills in ways that employers recognise and respect.

Commenting, UKCES chief executive Michael Davis said:

‘Involving employers in the decisions about the design, delivery and assessment of qualifications is crucial to ensure that qualifications line up with what employers really want. And it’s vital to get this right with English and maths - employers value these GCSEs highly, with 57% telling us they are significant or critical when they recruit new staff, according to our most recent survey.

‘This review will help us to understand the most effective ways of delivering and assessing these important standards so that they work for learners, employers, and the economy as a whole.

‘We are committed to working with the Education and Training Foundation to support the engagement of employers and other partners in the review process.’

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