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Investigating Strategies to help Learners solve Functional Skills Maths Questions

Principal focus of the project

This project focussed on overcoming the language barriers in Functional Skills Maths, to enable raising achievement.

Areas of learning
What is this about and what were the main findings?

Having identified from learners that language was a barrier to decoding Maths questions, the project lead and learners explored a variety of approaches to making them more accessible, e.g. highlighting, annotating, drawing images, storyboarding etc. These were trialled both in face-to-face and online situations, and included group and one-to-one sessions. The project reported an increase in confidence and achievement rates among the learners who adopted the strategies.

Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

Macclesfield College

Name of associate programmes

OTLA Shaping Success


The aim of the project was to gain an insight into how Functional Skills Maths learners perceive questions, in order to overcome the real barriers to achievement.