Numeracy for QTLS

By Liz Keeley-Browne & Anne Price
December 2011
Pearson Education
Distributed by the Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9781405873543
160 Pages
$49.50 Paper original

By 2010 the Government requires all teaching staff in the Lifelong Learning Sector to gain the QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) teaching qualification. In addition to the new qualification, all those training to teach in the post compulsory/FE sector must also have reached an acceptable skill level in literacy, numeracy and ICT before they qualify, this is referred to as 'the minimum core' and states that literacy skills must be equivalent to a level 3 qualification (A Level standard) and numeracy skills must be equivalent to level 2 (GSCE).

This aims to be the first core textbook in the market to support those undertaking initial teacher training in the post-compulsory/learning and skills sector (formerly FE). The text is structured in line with the requirements and specifications of the minimum core and therefore guides students to achieve the minimum core and pass the new national tests in order to achieve their QTLS qualification. This is achieved by developing the student's personal knowledge, skills, and strategies in order to ensure that they support their own students when they start teaching/training themselves. In addition a self-audit of numeracy skills is available online in order to identify areas of personal strengths and weakness.



Part 1 Barriers to learning

1 Confronting the issues

Starting points

The Individual Learning Plan

Poor basic skills

The role of adults

Maths phobia

A solution?

Difficulties in dealing with number

Help with number

Advice for the number averse

Number workout


Reflections on Chapter 1

2 The political context


Technology changes


The financial costs of poor number skills

The minimum core and teacher-training requirements

Policy implementation

Number workout


Reflections on Chapter 2

3 Motivational and social factors


The impact on communities and society

The NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training)

Factors affecting the acquisition and development of numeracy skills

Barriers to participation

Breaking down the barriers

The language of number

Teaching immigrant learners

The impact of poor skill levels

Number workout


Reflections on Chapter 3

Part 2 Tools of the trade

4 Numeracy in the curriculum

Entry-level qualifications

14–19 curriculum reform

Numeracy in the curriculum

Number workout


Reflections on Chapter 4

5 You and your learners

The context

Requirements for staff

Working with your learners

Using ILPs to develop your skills and those of your learners

Learner assessment

The practical use of Individual Learning Plans

Working with a group of learners

Planning to meet individual needs

Schemes of work and course aims


Number workout

6 Some ideas and preparation for the tests

Situated learning

Key principles of situated learning

Learner assessment

Assessment task


Part 3 Number competence

7 Mental and written calculations

Number systems: an introduction

Number systems: some background

Number patterns

Prime numbers and factors




Negative numbers

Test yourself

Going further

Action plan


Reflections on Chapter 7

8 Calculators

Calculators in everyday use

Order of operations

Other uses

Test yourself

Going further

Action plan

Reflections on Chapter 8

9 Common measures









Test yourself

Going further

Action plan

Reflections on Chapter 9

10 Shape and space

Background information

2D and 3D shapes and their properties

Perimeter, area and volume and units of measurement

Dimensions and proportions

Mathematical ‘facts’

Transformation of shapes

Scale drawing

Test yourself

Going further

Action plan

Reflections on Chapter 10

11 Handling data

Background information

Data collection

Analysing data

Interpretation of data


Test yourself

Going further

Action plan

Reflections on Chapter 11

12 ICT and numeracy

How technology could be used in support

Going further

Action plan

And finally …

Appendix Cooperative group work





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