Help sheet for teaching L1-2 Functional Maths

Summarises some of key points and is aimed at those who are switching from teaching Skills for Life adult numeracy to Functional Maths (FM).
The importance of the process skills is discussed (and how these should be considered when using any L1 or L2 skillsworkshop numeracy resource for teaching FM – particularly those of an investigative or problem-solving nature).
Also includes handy one page overviews of all the L1 and L2 FM pilot standards (performance skills, and coverage and range statements).

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I wrote this document during the pilot period and have not yet had time to update it. Most of the information remains relevant but note that the Functional Skills Standards (now called Criteria) have been updated and are available at:
Ofqual (2009), Functional Skills criteria for Mathematics: Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, level 1 and level 2
Ofqual (2009), Functional Skills criteria for English: Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2…