Numeracy sessions are designed to develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of numeracy and its application in everyday life.

In numeracy, students gain a greater understanding of their strengths and areas for development.

The sessions are designed to support access to wide reaching and integral aspects of everyday life underpinned by numerical understanding. This supports students recognition of their own understanding of numeracy and develops in them the confidence to seek appropriate support.

During the course students learn to consolidate and progress numerical understanding and application, supporting their personal, domestic and social progress. They are given many opportunities to consolidate their understanding of concepts and skills by practicing their application in meaningful and relevant contexts, both in the classroom and in the real world, for example, when shopping in the town.

The end result is to enhance the student’s quality of life and level of independence and widen opportunities for future paid or voluntary employment that the student may seek.


Assessment Methods

Assessment is made by means of an external syllabus chosen and adapted to fit the needs and aspirations of our students. This allows the student to be assessed when learning and consolidating discrete numerical skills as well as those applied in meaningful contexts. These concepts and skills can be assessed across the curriculum and are recorded and analysed by any member of staff who observes significant progress or barriers to future learning. This enables the tutor to keep a record of progression and skills to date.

In this way staff are able to consistently teach, assess and plan whilst drawing in a student’s numerical progress from a wide spectrum of subjects and contexts. The students work is submitted for moderation both internally and externally before award of the appropriate qualification.

Students achieve accreditation for their progression and achievement through a variety of awarding bodies.

Functional Skills Embedding

Each student works towards bespoke numeracy targets derived from existing skills and learning, as well as diagnostic assessments designed to calculate the appropriate level of learning required and how best to facilitate any future learning. These targets are applied, recorded and assessed across the curriculum as well as in a residential setting. This provides the opportunity for students to consolidate and progress their learning in a wide variety of contexts and allows staff to assess whether a skill is understood and will augment their independence.

Individual Programme Subjects Areas


  • Read and write numbers in words and figures
  • Add and Subtract
  • Multiply
  • Divide
  • Solve problems without a calculator
  • Recognise and use equivalent forms
  • Calculate percentage increase and decrease
  • Evaluate number as parts of other numbers.
  • Round
  • Estimate
  • Calculate ratio and proportion
  • Solve problems involving algebra

Measure, Shape and Space

  • Money
  • Time
  • Length, width, capacity and temperature
  • Scales
  • Scale Drawings
  • Perimeter, area and volume
  • 2-D and 3-D shape
  • Positional vocabulary

Handling Data

  • Extract and interpret information
  • Collect, organise and represent
  • Averages and range
  • Probability