Functional Skills are practical skills in English, maths and information and communications technology The Leitch report (2006) states that a large proportion of U.K school leavers lack functional skills and illustrates the link between embedding functional skills in education and the future of the U.K s workforce and economy.
"Without increased skills, we would condemn ourselves to a lingering decline in competitiveness, diminishing economic growth and a bleaker future for all. The case for action is compelling and urgent. Becoming a world leader on skills will enable the UK to compete with the best in the world. I am optimistic."
This table illustrates a number of methods for implementing functional skills in the context of music education.
writinglyric writing exercise
writing an essay on your favourite musician
writing a self evaluation
writing a c.v
ReadingReading lyrics and poetry to use as research
Reading articles and music reviews
Speaking and ListeningGiving a presentation on a chosen subject Listening to others presentation
Q and A
Representing using mathematical dataresearch a budget and timetable for a tour Creating a time table for rehearsals
Draw up a graph of expected personal progression throughout the course Analysis - processingCompare budget and tour time table to...