Action Research findings 2020/21  

Research reports written by Action Research Groups in summer 2021 are now available.

Browse the summaries and read/download in full

Visit the CfEM Conference Live 2020/21 YouTube channel for videos of previous action research projects. We are always really inspired to hear the great discussions and ideas which stem from seeing what other Colleges have tried out and found worked well.

Also, please see the CfEMLive Conference reflections video, which sums up and celebrates this four-day conference for maths teachers:

CfEM Live 2022

CfEM Live 2022DatesBooking
Day 1 - Teaching for Mastery:
Enabling students to develop fluency and understanding of key ideas and mathematical structure.
Friday 24 June 2022
9.45am – 3.15pm
Book here
Day 2 - Mathematical Resilience:
Helping learners overcome negative attitudes and the various ways teams and organisations have developed a culture in which everyone believes all students can achieve.
Wednesday 29 June 2022
9.45am – 3.15pm
Book here
Day 3 - Responsive Teaching:
Helping teachers value and build on students’ prior learning and address individual needs
Friday 1 July 2022 (9.45am – 3.15pm)Book here


We are looking to recruit research mentors to support the action research on the CfEM programme. If you are interested in becoming a mentor please find more details below.

Call for Expressions of Interest for CfEM Action Research Mentors

The Centres for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) is a DfE-funded programme aimed at improving teaching, learning and assessment practices and increasing attainment for 16 to 18-year-olds taking GCSE and Level 2 Functional Skills maths resits in Further Education colleges across England. The programme is approximately halfway through and attention is turning to how colleges could sustain action research (AR) practices beyond the end of the DfE funding and ETF’s support for CfEM in March 2023. 

Therefore, ETF is recruiting a bank of mentors for up to 42 Action Research Leads. Mentors will support one or more Action Research Leads to identify and address professional development needs relating to the planning and delivery of cycles of collaborative action research. Action research has already been demonstrated to be an effective approach to CPD for many groups of FE maths resit teachers.

Purpose of the AR Mentor role

To provide tailored, confidential personal and professional support for the AR Lead so they can effectively lead and support their AR Groups, and maximise the effectiveness of the CfEM collaborative action research professional development programme and its opportunities for the long term.

If you are interested to find out more, please view the Mentor Specifications and the Expression of Interest form.

Please complete and return to with ‘Action Research Mentor EoI’ in the subject line. 

NB: This Expression of Interest does not guarantee work. If successful, you will be placed on a bank of mentors and your details will be passed to Centres.