CfEM blog: 'motivation and engagement' at Nelson and Colne College Group


Georgina Ramsden, Centre for Excellence in Maths Project Coordinator at Nelson and Colne College Group (NCCG), gives an insight into some of the work being done by NCCG as one of the Centres for Excellence in Maths specifically for the Motivating and Engaging Learners theme.

Nelson and Colne College Group [NCCG] is based across three sites.  Our catchment encompasses rural Pendle and small towns across Lancashire.  There are high levels of deprivation in the area and we work closely with our students to build lifelong skills, particularly in maths and English, providing students with the opportunity to progress in education or employment.  We are one of the country’s top performing colleges for GCSE mathematics.

At NCCG, students who achieve a grade three study GCSE Maths; students with a grade 2 or below are assessed and study the appropriate functional skills level.  Although we follow this policy, we also believe in doing what is best for the individual to support their achievement.  We have high expectations of our students and from the first week they understand what is expected.  This is showcased through high levels of attendance, homework, and an enthusiasm to take part in the Centres for Excellence in Maths trial lessons.

We believe that one of the biggest barriers to student success is low levels of motivation and resilience.  As part of the project we are running ‘Exam Buster’, and ‘Motivation & Resilience’ workshops in the run up to the GCSE exams. These workshops will focus on; exam techniques, understanding questions, stress relief, organising revision timetables, time management and mindfulness. 

Another project aim is to build and develop the maths teaching network.  Through regular meetings we are leading a piece of research designed, implemented and analysed by our Lancashire based network, focused on the project theme ‘Motivation and Engagement’.  Additionally, we are hosting a Lancashire Maths Teachers conference in the summer of 2020 to discuss lessons learned and allow teachers across Lancashire to share best practice and learn from one another.

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