Terms used by some countries which are often synonymous with literacy, numeracy and basic skills/basic education.
Syllabus defining the essential subjects and skills; generally taken to include literacy, numeracy, ICT and modern foreign languages. What is deemed essential varies between countries.
The skills needed to live in contemporary society, e.g. listening, speaking, reading, writing, mathematics and ICT.
Similar to ‘basic skills’ or literacy and numeracy, but suggesting a primary focus on education, and a broad curriculum rather than literacy and numeracy as skills.