Level 5 Teaching Functional Skills Mathematics – Session 5

Language Needs and SEND


This session will cover a comprehensive range of insights when working with ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) and SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) learners and investigate various resources and pedagogies to help them acquire underpinning and problem solving skills for Functional Skills Maths.

Session outcomes

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Analyse language barriers to learning Functional Maths
  • Consider strategies for supporting language needs
  • Consider strategies for supporting learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Explore the impact of specific learning difficulties on Maths learning, particularly dyslexia

Session 5 PowerPoint slides

Here are the presentation slides for this session.

Session Padlet

Here is the Padlet for this session. Please refer to the column ‘Webinar 5’ to access all of the resources, documents and links for this session.

Post Session tasks to finish off this section

  1. Complete the reflective diary for session 5. Be clear about your goals from today’s content and apply any new strategies with your learners.
  2. Go through all of the Padlet/slides for this session and make sure you have fully understood all of the content.
  3. Read the Zoom saved text chat (this will be emailed to you by the trainer) and make a note of any shared links, prompts or guidance offered by the trainer and other participants.
  4. Explore further ideas and resources with your learners related to today’s session:
    Useful SEND resources

    A SEND teacher’s perspective on maths teaching

    Numeracy resource pack for ESOL learners

    Excellence Gateway SEND resources

    Excellence Gateway ESOL resources

Activities to prepare before session 6

    1. Familiarise yourself with the specific subject content (FS new specs) on measure, shape and space.  Note down key differences as you move from E1 to L2
    2. Explore one of the resources with your learners from this pack
    3. Watch the video  https://youtu.be/lzydNF9yb3A and complete the worksheet
    4. Start to think about the focus of your presentation task for session 10 and who you might pair up in the group.