We believe that all students can access Numeracy enabling them to reach their maximum potential.

At St. Joseph’s, we teach the Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE) curriculum. NCFE provides a differentiated Functional Numeracy Curriculum for our three pathways: Explorers, Discoverers and Adventurers.

The NCFE Curriculum contains 3 strands of numeracy that students learn about. These are:

  • Number
  • Space, Shape and Measurement
  • Data handling

NCFE offer qualifications at five different levels:

Functional Skills Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3:

Entry Level 3 helps prepare students to move on to Levels 1 and 2 and GCSE and/or NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications).

and Levels 1 and 2:

Level 1 is approximately equivalent to GCSE Maths grades 1 to 3.

Level 2 is approximately equivalent to GCSE Maths grades of 4 to 9.

Every student has functional numeracy targets. These are linked to their abilities in either Performance (P*) Levels or National Curriculum (NC) Levels.
*P levels precede NC Levels.

At St. Joseph’s we use IXL, an online Maths programme which allows students to practise and consolidate maths skills learnt at school. It is very popular with students as their achievements are rewarded by earning virtual ribbons and prizes.

IXL can be done at home.
To obtain your child’s username and password please contact the school office:

Click on the following link to find out more about helping your child develop numeracy skills at home.

If you have a question or would like to know more about Numeracy education at St. Joseph’s, please contact us: