Will mapping Functional Maths teaching onto a GCSE course be a nightmare?

When we set about designing our AQA Functional Maths series, this was one of our main concerns: that teachers might struggle to integrate Functional easily into their existing GCSE course. 

Indeed, it was a stand-out feature of existing Functional books that they did not lend themselves to integration, as we posted back in January.   Sure enough, one of our readers raised this issue earlier this week.

Actually, it doesn’t have to be that way.  This is what we replied to our reader:

 We designed our Functional course to slide as easily as possible into a GCSE course. Here’s how:
1. The Functional Teacher Guide (due out early next month) contains Schemes of Work mapping the Functional to GCSE.
2. The Functional Student Book has been designed with a clear mathematical structure: each chapter is clearly labelled by mathematical topic (ratio, mean & range, probability, etc) so it’s easy to see where and when you might fit a functional lesson into a GCSE course. The maths builds through the book, so students are never asked to tackle topics they haven’t already covered earlier in the book. “Practise the Maths” sections at the start of every chapter provide a chance to recap all key mathematical techniques before tackling Functional questions.
3. The Functional Student Book mirrors our GCSE Student Books, so mathematical topics are covered in the same order in both resources.
Hope this helps…

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