Quality is a key driver in all schools. Schools must demonstrate to parents, Ofsted and others that they are raising standards, and developing functional skills is an effective way of doing this.

Schools profile

Your annual school profile can include information about functional skills development and achievements. This will help reassure parents that staff have the necessary skills and qualifications to support their children's achievement and ensure their wellbeing.


Developing functional skills can help you meet the Ofsted criteria.

For example:

  • Evidence of effectively developing functional skills across the school workforce will contribute to meeting the standards for effective leadership and management.
  • Evidence of raising literacy, language and numeracy standards of classroom support staff will contribute to meeting the standards for effective teaching and learning.
  • Providing family literacy, language and numeracy programmes will help meet the standards for effective teaching and learning, as well as having a positive impact on pupils' learning and achievements.

Other Standards

Improving literacy, language and numeracy will also help your understanding and meet other quality standards, such as the Investors in People Award (IiP) and the Healthy Schools nutritional standards.