### Developing good practice

What further skills, attitudes or behaviours do you think Debbie needs to develop or work on?

What further skills, attitudes or behaviours do you think Debbie needs to develop or work on?

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Debbie needs to transfer the numeracy skills she has and apply them to vocational settings. If she can do it this time, it will be easier to apply to other settings in the future. Other tasks have been related to the vocational area, and so can the methodology. For example, you have two appointments: one is a perm which takes 1 hour 30 minutes, the other is a cut which takes 45 minutes. How long will they both take? It would then be appropriate to ask the learners how they would resolve the problem.

If they struggle, Debbie could assist them by asking the following questions:

- You start at 12 o'clock: what time will the perm finish?
- What time will the cut start? What time will the cut finish? (Using a clock to demonstrate.)

These kind of questions make the subject more relevant to the learners, and remove the emphasis on adding up in units of 60. The learners will still need the underpinning maths skills in order to complete the task, but the emphasis is on the subject area. It will also be easy for them to transfer these skills to other areas - after all, the only occasion where people are asked to calculate in units of 60 (at this level) is with time.

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