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Numeracy for Teachers. Andrew Robson. Why is it important?. Dealing with student marks Calculating funding Carrying out surveys or research Supporting students with their own numeracy needs To support the Skills for Life Strategy. The Numeracy Problem….

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why is it important
Why is it important?
  • Dealing with student marks
  • Calculating funding
  • Carrying out surveys or research
  • Supporting students with their own numeracy needs
  • To support the Skills for Life Strategy
the numeracy problem
The Numeracy Problem…
  • Industry loses an estimated £4.8 billion a year because of poor literacy and numeracy skills. Skills for Life, DfEE
  • A worker needs to have reached skills at Level 2 for most jobs to be available. Source: Institute for Employment Studies
  • …15 million adults have numeracy skills at or below entry level 3 - equivalent to the skills expected of an 11-year-old
  • …of these, 6.8 million have skills at or below entry level 2, the standard expected for a nine-year-old.
  • …there are strong connections between earning and numeracy levels. Source: TES (based on Niace study)
and more
…and more
  • The International Numeracy Survey, comparing the basic numeracy skills of adults in seven countries found that U.K. respondents performed the least well (BSA, 1997b)
  • A significant minority of vocational teachers have weak literacy and numeracy skills themselves. Skills for life in colleges: one year on www.ofsted.gov.uk (TES, 7 October 2005)
skills you need
Skills You Need
  • Dealing with numbers
  • Percentages, Fractions and Decimals
  • Estimation and rounding
  • Tables and scales
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Charts and graphs
  • Mean, median, mode, range
  • Formula
  • Probability
skills you need example
Skills You Need - Example
  • Dealing with numbers
  • Percentages, Fractions and Decimals
  • Estimation and rounding
  • Tables and scales
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Charts and graphs
  • Mean, median, mode, range
  • Formula
  • Probability

Marking Work, Mark Schemes

skills you need example1
Skills You Need - Example
  • Dealing with numbers
  • Percentages, Fractions and Decimals
  • Estimation and rounding
  • Tables and scales
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Charts and graphs
  • Mean, median, mode, range
  • Formula
  • Probability

Funding, Benchmarking

skills you need example2
Skills You Need - Example
  • Dealing with numbers
  • Percentages, Fractions and Decimals
  • Estimation and rounding
  • Tables and scales
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Charts and graphs
  • Mean, median, mode, range
  • Formula
  • Probability

Research, Surveys

how to improve skills
How to Improve Skills
  • Go into the ‘Cert Ed/PGCE’ Blackboard course
  • Go into the ‘Numeracy’ section
  • No calculator use!
practice tests
Practice Tests
  • There are many sources of these

eg http://www.itembank.org.uk

  • See Blackboard for many more
  • Do as many as you can