Foundation Learning - the basics!
Foundation Learning began as a national initiative in 2008 during the pilot phase and became one of the national 'suites of learning' associated with the previous Government's 14-19 education reforms.
Although different priorities of the current Government have resulted in a radically different 14-19 scenario, Foundation Learning continues to exist as a valuable and viable curriculum initiative for 14-19 learners.
As before, Foundation Learning aims to improve the skills of learners aged 14+ through the development of flexible, individualised programmes of qualifications and experiences at Entry Level and Level 1. It is designed to support 'spiky' profiles and meet the needs of a wide range of learners who are better served by flexible curriculum at Entry Level and Level 1 which compliments and supports the Key Stage 4 core curriculum.
FL is primarily designed to increase and improve participation, achievement and progressions of learners by:
- Enabling schools/colleges in collaboration with other providers, to create engaging programmes supported by qualifications which meet their needs.
- Providing individualised programmes and progression pathways towards Level 2 and employment.
- Through flexible qualifications, formally recognising and accrediting 'bite sized chunks' of achievement.