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Strategies to prepare learners for progression from Functional Skills to GCSE Mathematics

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tracey maitland

on 21 October 2014

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Transcript of Strategies to prepare learners for progression from Functional Skills to GCSE Mathematics

Strategies to prepare learners for progression
from Functional Skills to GCSE Mathematics

Stepping Stones
Comparison between Functional Skills mathematics and GCSE mathematics

A brief introduction to the “Wolf report” and it’s recommendations

My strategies for progressing students from Functional Skills to GCSE mathematics

The changes I would implement


My presentation will cover…

Ensure each learner is able to:

Solve problems in real-life functional contexts

Represent situations using mathematics

Analyse calculations

Solve problems

Use mathematics to explain situations

Aims of Function Skills Mathematics

Ensure each learner is able to:

Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts

Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems

Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions

Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context

Aims of GCSE mathematics

The use of realistic problems: using skills already acquired and a motivation to acquire new skills

Context that is relevant to the learners vocational pathway

Pseudo – context

The Wolf Report suggests… Post 16 vocational students should be taught mathematics through:

Student buy in – motivation / aim higher

Parental support and understanding

Tutors, Lecturers, Learning Coach, PAL, CM

Links with Employers

Make it relevant to the vocational subject – Motor Vehicle, Engineering, Electrical Installations

Getting on board…

Continuous timely and effective assessment

Stretch and Challenge


Students buy in – motivation and involvement

Relevant, Employability, Industry Requirements

Programme of study hours

How will I progress my

Teaching and learning strategies

Learning Outcomes

Lesson plans

Scheme of work

Engaging lessons

Stretch and challenge opportunities

Embedding Equality & Diversity, Functional skills English, safeguarding and every child matters

Formative and summative assessment

Learners completing their Functional Skills mathematics Level 2 should be offered GCSE pre programme opportunities

Guided Learning hours will continue to meet 540

Learners can then study those skills not covered by Functional Skills mathematics that would enhance their employability

Key changes I would implement


Learners have a clear pathway of progression

Encourage learners to aim high

Use problem based learning methods

Contextualise lessons content

Use engaging resources that are vocationally relevant

Stretch and challenge using GCSE material

Offer pre GCSE programmes
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