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					                 FUNCTIONAL MATHS SURVEY



Name:……………………………………………………………………


Centre name:……………………………………………………………


Post Code:……………………………………………………………….


This survey relates to the Students’ Booklet and the accompanying
PDF of the Teacher’s Book and the interactive e-resources available
at www.nelsonthornes.com/aqa_functional_skills/maths_free.htm.

All personal details will remain strictly confidential. Please be as
honest and open with your answers as possible. Your feedback will
be invaluable in ensuring that these resources are developed in line
with your needs

Please return your completed survey to:
Market Research Department
Nelson Thornes
FREEPOST SWC0498
Cheltenham
GL53 7ZZ


Thank you.
                   Nelson Thornes – Functional Maths Survey – June 2007

Teaching Functional Maths

Q1.       When do you anticipate teaching Functional Maths and when would
          you expect to enter candidates for the exam?
                  Higher Ability                          Lower Ability
               Teach      Examine                    Teach       Examine
Y9                                                                 
Y10                                                                
Y11                                                                
16+                                                                
Other (please specify)


Q2. How do you expect you will resource your chosen delivery method?
Buy a dedicated Functional Maths textbook to make sure everything is 
being covered
Buy KS3/GCSE texts with Functional Maths incorporated                
Make do with existing resources, supplemented from other sources     
Other (please specify)                                               


Q3.   What proportion of the teaching of Functional Maths will be by non-
      specialists?
0% to 10%    11% to 25%     26% to 50%     51% to 80% 81% to 100%
                                                                        

Q4.       The Functional Maths standards are listed below.
          (a) Please indicate how confident you feel delivering each one.
          (b) Please tick the right hand box for each area that you think
              students may struggle with.

Making sense of situations and representing them
(a)     Very           Quite       Not very    Not at all                 (b) Students
     confident in   confident in confident in confident in                may struggle
      delivering     delivering   delivering   delivering                 with this area
                                                                            

Processing and analysing the mathematics
(a)     Very          Quite       Not very                Not at all      (b) Students
     confident in  confident in confident in             confident in     may struggle
      delivering    delivering   delivering               delivering      with this area
                                                                            

Interpreting and communicating the results of analysis
(a)       Very         Quite       Not very     Not at all                (b) Students
      confident in  confident in confident in confident in                may struggle
       delivering    delivering   delivering    delivering                with this area
                                                                            


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               Nelson Thornes – Functional Maths Survey – June 2007

The PDF of the Teacher’s Book

The Teacher’s Book will be divided into 6 units focussed on different real-
life scenarios, each containing 2 sections based on data sheets and 2
shorter question sections.

The Teacher’s Book is designed to provide all round support for anyone
teaching Functional Maths

Q5.   Is the level of support in the Teacher’s Book sufficient for NQT’s
      and non-specialists?
      Sufficient         Needs a little more support Needs a lot more support
                                                                    

Q6.   Would the Teacher’s Book be of use to experienced teachers?
        Yes                       No                   Don’t know
                                                                    

Q7.    Please rate the following features of a Teacher’s Book in terms of
       their importance. (Please rate all of the features)
                         Must have Should have Could have Not required
Introduction                                                      
Mapping table                                                     
Pre-release data                                                  
Questions & answers                                               
Teacher’s hints                                                   
Answers & mark                                                    
scheme
Common errors                                                     
Extension section                                                 
Further development                                               

Q8. How many Teacher’s Books would your department purchase?
 None      One for the     2 or 3 for the department 1 per teacher
       department to share          to share
                                                                       

Please give any other comments on the Teacher’s Book




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                     Nelson Thornes – Functional Maths Survey – June 2007


The Students’ Booklet

Q9. What ability level are most of your students?
Mostly above the   Mostly below the      Most at the                    A range of ability
 national average  national average   national average                   levels with no
                                                                         clear majority
                                                                             

Q10. Do you think the Booklet is the right ability level for your students?
   Too Easy         Satisfactory         Just Right            Too Hard
                                                                            

Q11. Please rate the following features in terms of importance in a
     student resource. (Please rate all of the features)
Feature                                   Very         Quite      Not very     Not important
                                        important    important   important          at all
AQA endorsement                                                                  
Authored by AQA examiners                                                        
Written for the Functional Maths                                                 
Standards
Outcomes stated at the start of                                                  
each unit
Opportunities to practise core skills                                            
Structured to deliver assessment                                                 
for learning
Blended with an e-esource                                                        
Q12. Please rate the match between the Students’ Booklet and the
     features below. (Please rate all of the features)
Feature                                 Very well   Reasonably   Not well        Not at all
                                        matched      matched     matched         matched
Written for the Functional Maths                                                 
Standards
Outcomes stated at the start of                                                  
each unit
Opportunities to practise core skills                                            
Structured to deliver assessment                                                 
for learning
Blended with the e-esource                                                       

Q13. How clear is the progression through each section of the Booklet?
     Very               Quite            Not very           Not at all
                                                                             
Q14. How simple to use are the units in the Booklet?
     Very              Quite              Not very                           Not at all
                                                                             

Q15. How accessible is the overall layout in the Booklet?
     Very               Quite             Not very                           Not at all
                                                                             

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Q16. Will the ‘look’ of the pages be appealing to your students?
     Very                 Quite            Not very           Not at all
                                                                    

Q17. Is the amount of material in a unit sufficent to deliver the concepts?
More than sufficient Just sufficient     Somewhat          Totally insufficient
                                         insufficient
                                                                    

Q18. Currently the book is structured around real-life scenarios, would
      you prefer this approach or would you prefer it to be structured like
      a traditional Maths book?
Structured around real-life scenarios Structured as traditional Maths book
                                                             

Please give any other comments on the Students’ Booklet




The e-Resource

The e-resource provides:
1. Dynamic front of class teaching activities blended with the print
   resources
2. Fun activities to engage the whole class, groups or individual students
The final resource will also provide assessment matched to the
competency questions

Q19. How important is it to have an e-resource to help with the delivery
     of Functional Maths?
     Very               Quite             Not very            Not at all
                                                                    

Q20. How do you envisage that you would use the e-resource?
  For whole      Mostly whole    Some whole class,     For individual
class teaching   class, some      mostly individual    independent
                individual use          use              learning
                                                                    

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Q21. How often would you use these e-resources?
In every lesson In most lessons In a few lessons Only very occasionally
                                                                        

Q22. Are there any factors that would limit your department’s ability to
       make use of the e-resource? (Please tick more than one if
       necessary)
 Lack     Limited        No      Lack of ICT      Other (please specify)
of time access to broadband confidence
         hardware      access    in teachers
                                          
                                                          …………………………….

Q23. Would you expect extension and reinforcement activities to be
     supplied in the e-resource or just in the print materials?
  Only in the e-        Only in the print      Must be in       Could be in
    resource               materials              both            either
                                                                            

Q24. Please rate the usefulness of these activities in the e-resource.
     (Please rate all of the activities)
Activity                                       Very      Quite     Not very    Not useful
                                              useful     useful     useful       at all
Interactive Teaching for Pre-Release Data                                       
Matching Pairs                                                                  
Maze                                                                            

Q25. Is it clear how these activities blend with the Students’ Booklet?
   Very clear          Quite clear        Not very clear    Not at all clear
                                                                            

Q26. How appropriate are the e-resource activities for the following…
                       Very          Quite        Not very       Not at all
                    appropriate appropriate appropriate appropriate
Different ability levels                                                        
Different age groups                                                            
Different learning styles                                                       

Q27. Please rate the importance of the following features of the e-
     resource. (Please rate all of the features)
Content                                   Very           Quite      Not very   Not at all
                                        important      important   important   important
A trusted author                                                                
Ease of use                                                                     
Blended with students’ materials                                                
Engaging and motivating                                                         
Differentiation                                                                 
Flexibility                                                                     

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Please give any other comments on the e-resource




Summary

Q28. How well would these resources fit with your current resources for
     low ability?
    Very well        Quite well        Not very well      Not at all well
                                                                   

Q29. Would you be willing to be contacted by telephone of we require
     any further explanation to any of your answers?
               Yes                                   No
                                                             

If yes please add you phone number below.

…………………………………………………………………………………………….

Please give any other comments you have on the resources and / or the
qualification below.




              THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME
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