Supporting Functional Skills learners (Maths) (Code: C0884)

This course will introduce you to a variety of contextual materials and activities that may be used to develop learners' Functional Skills maths abilities. You will be supported to identify how and why context matters and enable you to plan and design differentiated, inclusive Functional Skills maths sessions. Consideration will be taken of the EPGs for assessment and tracking and how to support learners to tackle assessment questions in order to achieve Functional Skills maths outcomes.

Pricing options

There are two pricing options.

1. Individual fees

• SET member: £85

• Non-SET member: £100

2. In-house

Get the maximum value from your CPD budget and run an in-house course at a date and time to suit. In-house course: £500

To book an in-house course please follow this link:


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Free Places

A limited number of free places are offered on this course. Please see the 'Upcoming' section above for current availability. Free places are offered to ensure greater diversity on our courses, so to qualify you must either:

  • Work in an organisation in one of the 12 opportunity areas (Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough, Stoke, West Somerset)
  • Work in an organisation with an annual turnover of less than £500,000
  • Consider yourself to have a disability
  • Come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background

You must also agree to be contacted by our evaluation team.

To book a free place find a course that has free places remaining and book a single place. At the payments stage of the booking you will be asked to tell us which of the three criteria you meet. Once selected, click on the 'recalculate' button to reduce the cost of the booking to zero and complete the booking.

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to attend, please advise us at least one week before the course takes place. This will allow us to offer the free place to someone else who works in the FE sector, so they can take advantage of this offer.

SET Membership

SET members are entitled to an exclusive 15% discount off this ETF professional development course.

Find out more about SET membership on the Society for Education and Training (SET) website.

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Who is this for?

This course is primarily aimed at subject specialist teachers of Functional Maths, both those new, and those with experience of planning and delivery. It may also be of interest to other practitioners working in the further education and skills sector who will be supporting the development of learners' Functional Skills, such as learning support assistants and some industrial and vocational practitioners.

We recommend that industrial and vocational teachers, trainers and assessors to first take part in the Developing maths in vocational/ technical contexts, for guidance on supporting learners to develop their maths abilities and confidence.

Training aim

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown the aim of the 'one-day course' is to introduce a variety of materials and activities. The sessions drill into the FS maths subject content to highlight the required underpinning knowledge. The course will help you to understand how you can adapt and use the activities and assessment questions in order to develop learners' Functional Maths abilities and understanding.


You will have the knowledge and confidence to:

  • identify how and why context matters when developing learners' Functional maths
  • plan differentiated, inclusive Functional maths sessions, which build on learners' lives and maths/ numeracy practices
  • support your learners to tackle assessment questions
  • consider the Effective Practice Guidelines for assessment and tracking in order to develop your practice
  • support learners to achieve Functional maths outcomes.


This is a blended learning course, which consists of two 2-hour live sessions and self-led learning between them. The live sessions will be held at least one week apart, giving you a week to complete the mid-course tasks.

Contact us

If this course is not currently available at a suitable date/location, please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830