The ETF is hosting a series of free-to-attend webinars for teachers of maths, English and ESOL in late June and early July.
The series begins on Wednesday 15 June, with Supporting maths learners from Entry Level 3 to Level 2, a two-hour session starting at 10am. This interactive course presents practical strategies to support maths learners by considering the mistakes and misconceptions commonly seen in learning settings and summative assessments.
The following day – Thursday 16 June – Teaching learners how to plan and write non-fiction texts for Functional Skills and GCSE will take place between 3 and 5pm. It will explore the difference between writing for GCSE and Functional Skills and look at a range of integrated skills activities which help learners to evaluate their non-fiction writing skills, considering ways in which they can improve and refine specific aspects of their written work.
On Monday 20 June, Integrating maths into vocational courses takes place from 3 to 5pm. The corresponding course for English – Integrating English into vocational courses – is on Monday 27 June, also in the 3 to 5pm time slot. These interactive sessions focus on identifying naturally occurring opportunities to develop the skills learners need to successfully complete their study programme, apprenticeship, or vocational or technical course.
Giving your ESOL Learners the best chance to pass Functional Skills is a two-part course focused on identifying ways to help Functional Skills English learners maximise their chances of passing assessments. The sessions take place on Tuesday 21 June (part A) and Tuesday 28 June (part B), both between 3pm and 5pm.
The series concludes with two maths-focused events. Maths problem solving, which supports practitioners to develop learners’ reasoning and problem-solving skills, will take place from 3 to 5pm on 30 June. On Wednesday 5 July, Key factors in maths lesson planning will take place at the earlier time of 10am to 12 noon. Intended to support all practitioners delivering substantial maths content, it will consider how approaches to planning can support deeper learning and develop learner engagement
Dates of the next meetings of the ETF’s Maths and English National Networks have also been announced. The English event will take place on Monday 27 June from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The maths event is on Monday 4 July, also from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The Networks will meet termly, giving managers and teachers the opportunity to learn about new resources, share experiences and ideas, and participate in CPD. The June/July events will include guest speakers from Weston College discussing how to support learners with Additional Learning Support needs in maths and English classrooms. Booking will open before the end of May. Further information and details of how to register will be published on the maths and English ETF booking pages.