Functional Skills

Inspire Mark

LFE is using the power of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to inspire thousands of youngsters towards gaining Functional Skills qualifications that will benefit them for life.

Functional skills concentrate on the core principles of the key subjects of English, Mathematics and ICT to provide individuals with skills for everyday life and LFE has added an Olympic and Paralympic Games context to invigorate these learning materials for 14-19 year old learners to access all over the country.

Freely available via JorumOpen, an online repository of learning and teaching materials, the e-learning materials will provide the education sector with a lasting legacy and potentially save education providers millions of pounds in development costs.

Functional Skills – JorumOpen >>

Sport will also benefit, with the materials to be utilised by the next generation of elite athletes and professional footballers undertaking the Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (ASE) programme.

A London 2012 Inspire Mark accredited project, the materials were developed via a core project team on behalf of LFE. The Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust was also central to the success of the project, providing Olympic & Paralympic athletes from their athlete mentor programme for the production of inspiring video clips which illustrate the link between Functional Skills and world class sports performance.

Voicing her support Dame Kelly Holmes said:

“These resources represent a great learning tool for any young athlete who is trying to obtain Functional Skills qualifications. The project is sport specific and it is encouraging to see that athletes will be able to use the latest advancements of technology to help them learn.”

Jenna Downing

Jenna Downing during filming for the functional skills materials

Inline Skating world champion Jenna Downing who is featured in the materials said:

“It was great to be able to take part in such a worthwhile project. Education is of great importance and the materials are set out in a way that is easily understandable and linked back to sport.”

Burnley star Clarke Carlisle, who contributed to a football-specific version of the content, added:

“The materials are designed to show relevance to scenarios that you would encounter in a chosen sport. They will benefit hundreds of young people and deliver a lasting legacy far beyond the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Clarke Carlisle

Clarke in action for Burnley FC