1st Edition

Numeracy for QTLS Achieving the Minimum Core

By Liz Keeley-Browne, Anne Price Copyright 2011
    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    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

    2 The political context

    3 Motivational and social factors


    Part 2 Tools of the trade


    4 Numeracy in the curriculum

    5 You and your learners

    6 Some ideas and preparation for the tests


    Part 3 Number competence


    7 Mental and written calculations

    8 Calculators

    9 Common measures

    10 Shape and space

    11 Handling data

    12 ICT and numeracy


    Appendix Cooperative group work



    Liz Keeley-Browne, Anne Price