Teaching Functional Skills Mathematics

This one day course is for vocational teaching staff supporting learners who are working towards Functional Skills Mathematics qualifications at Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2. It focuses on both the essential subject knowledge and strategies for problem solving. We share fresh approaches that can help learners to understand and remember strategies where other methods have not worked for them.


  • To introduce successful and engaging strategies for learning the skills that underpin the Functional Skills Mathematics qualifications.
  • To introduce and develop problem solving strategies that learners will find useful.
  • To demonstrate how such strategies can be applied to assessment questions.
  • To model successful and engaging teaching of these strategies.
  • To support staff  with limited contact time in successfully using these strategies.

For more background to this course please see our leaflet

Is this course for me?

The course is particularly aimed at vocational subject specialists who may be teaching Functional Skills Mathematics, and wish to develop their subject knowledge and explore new approaches to supporting learners. It is suitable for all vocational subjects as we offer a range of contexts – if required the content can be adapted to use examples from specific vocational areas.

In addition, we expect the course will be of interest to you if you are:

  • A specialist in a subject other than mathematics.
  • A skills specialist responsible for developing and enhancing mathematics teaching skills amongst your teaching colleagues.
  • An experienced mathematics subject specialist who wishes to explore new strategies.


  • An opportunity to explore the content of the Functional Skills Mathematics from entry level to level 2.
  • A chance to discuss and reflect on how best to embed Functional Skills mathematics into schemes of work.
  • Time to look at engaging and relevant mathematics resources which relate to everyday experiences.
  • Access to an electronic copy of resources used on the course to use within your classroom.
  • Assured high quality CPD at affordable, not for profit pricing. MEI holds the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) CPD standard. .


Comments from teachers who have been on the course include:

Very useful re understanding functional skills for learners”
Excellent course – will help with planning and delivery of maths – particularly embedding and how to tackle exams
Really helpful session – gave many ways to help us embed functional maths into lessons and subjects
An excellent CPD session. Well delivered and relevant. The suggested resources will be utilised in the next teaching session

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Hosting the course

We welcome the opportunity to offer courses based at your own college or work premises.

NCETM CPD Standard

We would expect to tailor the course to meet your specific circumstances. For example, we can provide additional online sessions, which offer an effective way of developing subject knowledge in particular topics.

If you would like to explore the possibility of arranging a course please contact Sharon Tripconey.

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