What Functional Skills Maths is and what it involves?
Functional Skills Maths aims to ensure that each individual has a sufficient understanding of a range of mathematical concepts and is able to know how and when to use them.
In a practical context, this means learners will develop the confidence and capability to:
■ solve problems
■ process calculations
■ interpret and explaining situations
All within the following contexts of Functional Skills Maths: work and education, community, citizenship and environment, media and communication, and family, home and social issue.
Real Life Examples of Functional Skills Maths:
A student planning their transition to further or higher education is able to research and make informed judgements about various banking products available. Reviewing competitive packages, including joining offers, different interest rates, financial charges and savings benefits, the student is able to calculate the most suitable, best value product for their lifestyle. Tailoring personal banking to meet their needs, the student can begin to experience the excitement of being a self determining young adult.
A contract builder is able to plan for the week ahead before purchasing the supplies he will need for various tasks. He measures the area of the bathroom he needs to tile, as well as the size of the tiles his client has chosen. From these figures he is able to calculate the total surface area and the approximate number of tiles he will need to complete the job. Examining the recommended materials for the adhesive and grouting, he is also able to calculate the quantity required per tile to establish all the products he will need to purchase at the hardware store.
Learners at functional skills maths will:
■ Select the mathematics and information to model a situation
■ Process the information using mathematics
■ Interpret and communicate the results of the analysis
Weaker students need to address specific areas that would help them gain additional marks in certain key areas, to give the student this advantage, our free functional skills maths diagnostics assessment sheet will assist you doing this