Home-School Tutoring Sussex and Kent

Functional Skills

We empower success through quality tutoring

What are Functional Skills?

Functional skills are the skills that people need to live and work independently. They include things like reading, writing, maths and problem-solving. Functional skills are important for everyone, but they are especially important for people who want to get a job, go to college or volunteer.

The Functional Skills English qualification measures a student’s ability to use English to communicate effectively in a range of situations. It covers the following skills:

  • Reading: understanding written texts
  • Writing: communicating ideas in writing
  • Speaking: communicating ideas in speech
  • Listening: understanding spoken language


The Functional Skills Mathematics qualification measures a student’s ability to use mathematics to solve problems in everyday life. It covers the following skills:

  • Number: understanding and using numbers
  • Calculation: performing mathematical calculations
  • Problem-solving: using mathematics to solve problems
  • Reasoning: using logic and reasoning to solve problemss

Personalised Attention

Home-School Tutoring can help students improve their functional skills so that they can reach their goals. We have a team of experienced tutors who can help young people succeed by tailoring their teaching methods to the individual student’s needs and offering motivation and support.

The benefits of functional skills:

  • Increased employment opportunities
  • Improved academic performance
  • Improved social skills
  • Increased confidence

Turn struggles into success

As parents, it can be difficult to know how to help your teenager with Functional Skills exams. It’s a relatively new qualification that many parents have never heard of and have no experience of.

Home-School Tutoring offers tailored assistance, helping teens master the skills needed for exam success.  Through expert guidance from our qualified, experienced tutors, you can feel confident that your teenager is getting the help they need.

Expert Support

Our qualified tutors offer in-depth subject knowledge and individualised attention.

Personalised Learning

Tailored teaching methods to help your teen reach their potential.

Engaging Approach

Our tutors adapt teaching methods to suit your teenager's unique learning preferences.



Prices vary depending on the subject taught, the experience and qualifications of the tutor. 

For in-person lessons, tutors may charge a travel fee.

  • Functional Skills £30-35

    Maths and English, all levels

Frequently Asked Questions

Tutoring is an unregulated industry, allowing anyone to set up a profile without proper verification or background checks, such as an enhanced DBS.

At HST, we follow rigorous vetting and quality checks. We work with schools, charities and local authorities who demand the highest level of safeguarding.  We are members of the Tutor’s Association and follow their strict code of conduct.

We are a family-run business and our benchmark for a good tutor is one that we would engage ourselves for our family members.

As part of our robust safeguarding process, we check that our tutors all have a current enhanced DBS certificate. We seek professional references and verify every tutor’s qualifications to ensure your child’s safety.

The bond between a tutor and student is crucial to the learning process. If you find that your tutor isn’t the right fit for any reason, don’t hesitate to contact your area advisor. They will promptly address the issue and work to find a resolution or a more suitable replacement, ensuring your satisfaction with the tutoring experience.

We know  life can be hectic, so try to be flexible and helpful. You can have a tutor come to your home or take advantage of convenient online sessions.

All our tutors are carefully vetted to make sure they are fully qualified and safe to work with young people.

Our Services


years of unlocking learning through quality, vetted tuition

Robust Safeguarding Policy

For your peace of mind

Drawing from our own experience, we completely understand your commitment to ensuring the best for your teenager. We’ve faced the ever-changing landscape of teaching methods and curriculum first hand. We’ve had that awful feeling of being unable to help our struggling teens.

That’s why we’re here – to offer our guidance and expertise, providing a support system that helps your teenager thrive and succeed.

Victoria Bharj

Area Advisor and Tutor Manager Sussex and Kent