Around Christmas last year, it was clear that Functional Skills were under threat.
GCSEs in English and Maths were being promoted as the only game in town, threatening a motivating and accessible route to adult literacy and numeracy for thousands of learners.
On the morning of 13th January, I met with some amazing individuals from the world of functional skills, apprenticeships and training (Roger Francis, Lindsay McCurdy and Maureen Emmett), and we decided that this strategic direction needed to be challenged.
We were not alone.
I am delighted to see that politicians do listen, do consider counter arguments, and do change their minds.
I am delighted with the outcome.