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Functional Skills

Enabling the student to gain confidence and fluency in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics.

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Number Skills Inventory

Number Skills Inventory

A checklist of basic numeracy techniques that every pupil should know.

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In the UK, Functional Skills Maths courses are designed for learners of various backgrounds and ages who wish to improve their mathematics skills. These courses are particularly suitable for:

  1. Students who have not achieved a Grade 4 (previously Grade C) or higher in GCSE Maths: This is often a key requirement for many jobs and further education courses. Functional Skills Maths provides an alternative qualification that is recognised by employers and educational institutions.
  2. Adult learners returning to education: For adults who may not have had the opportunity to gain formal qualifications in the past, Functional Skills Maths offers a chance to develop essential numeracy skills needed for everyday life, further study, and employment.
  3. Learners in vocational training and apprenticeships: Functional Skills Maths is often a component of apprenticeship programmes and vocational qualifications. It helps learners apply mathematical concepts in practical and workplace contexts.
  4. Individuals seeking to improve their life and work skills: Beyond academic and vocational requirements, these courses cater to individuals looking to enhance their practical maths skills for everyday use, such as managing finances, problem-solving, and decision-making.
  5. Students with special educational needs: Some learners may find the format and content of Functional Skills Maths more accessible than traditional GCSE Maths, making it a viable option for those who require a different approach to learning.

Functional Skills qualifications are designed to be flexible and accessible, allowing learners to study at their own pace and in a way that suits their individual learning needs and circumstances.

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