Maths and English

Improving capacity to deliver maths and English is a high priority for the Foundation and we have worked with the sector to develop a rich resource of research, training and materials for teachers, trainers and leaders to improve their practice and support learners to higher levels of achievement.

Responding to the increased focus on maths and English learning requires a planned approach and we have produced guidance and resources including a Strategic Guide for the delivery of GCSE English and maths to the 16-19 cohort, incorporating a Health Check Toolkit and Case Studies.

We have  Regional Specialist Leads, based in the Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training (CETTs), to support professional development in maths and English who can signpost practitioners to the activities that best suit their needs.  So whether you teach GCSE, Functional Skills or vocational subjects, there will be something for you. Check out the current opportunities for maths and EnglishFoundation Online Learning is a growing repository for independent learning activities and includes a set of twelve modules for teachers to improve personal skills in maths and English.

Maths and English and Offender Learning

Many learners in the secure estate will have negative experiences of learning in the past and therefore may need greater levels of support and encouragement.  Teachers and trainers working within prisons adopt creative and innovative approaches to ‘hook’ learners onto their learner journey.  You can find many resources to support you on the English, maths, ESOL and ICT area of the offender learning exhibition site of the Excellence Gateway.  New English resources and a maths challenge particularly aimed at non specialist staff such as librarians will be available in January 2016.

Functional Skills Reform Programme

The Foundation is leading a Functional Skills Reform Programme that will build on our recent report, Making Maths and English Work for All.

The first stage of the Reform Programme will result in an updated set of National Adult Literacy and Numeracy Standards and a report with policy recommendations for Ministers. This will include:

  • what levels of Functional Skills are needed for life and work;
  • the breadth of skills that the new qualifications should include; and
  • the number of guided learning hours needed to successfully achieve Functional Skills for learners on technical and professional programmes of study, including Apprenticeships.