Nicola Lace, from Weston College explores the importance of investing time to identify the best methods to motivate and engage learners.
“He´’s not very good at maths but will make a great hairdresser!”
A familiar phrase, and one that might resonate as a teacher in post-16 education. With more than one third of 16-year-olds failing to achieve a grade C/4 in recent years, this data can feel depressingly low. With maths and English being two of those subjects that can make teachers and learners run for the hills, motivation and engagement to teach and embed can often be low.
Weston College are excited to announce that the ETF have commissioned an additional centre for Excellence in SEND maths and English. This is a fantastic opportunity to work together as a sector, share best practice, learn from each other, and have dedicated opportunities for outstanding continuing professional development (CPD) with a focus on engaging and motivating staff to make maths and English everyone’s business.
Within this new supportive collaboration there is a range of CPD programmes focusing on the delivery of maths and English within Further Education, supporting and guiding practitioners with evidence-based skills and resources to improve the quality of their mainstream vocational provision, to ensure that it meets the requirements of those with additional needs.
Sessions will focus on a range of neurodiverse needs, as well as how to assess and strategise for learners within mainstream vocational provisions who may display traits of certain additional needs, but do not receive high needs funding. The impact of this training is that staff will feel empowered to make changes to current delivery methods, leading to a notable increase in learner achievement and progression. Two dedicated sessions will also focus on the role of a support worker and how we can effectively utilise the expertise that this role can offer.
Weston College are now two years into “making maths and English everyone’s business” and we hope to share some of our key learning and mechanisms for upskilling and supporting staff through our delivery.
Some examples of the engagement and motivation for maths and English skill development include:
CPD opportunities through the Centre for Excellence in SEND maths and English include:
You can book onto these development opportunities via the ETF Course booking system.
Other upcoming CfESEND events:
The alternative Classroom with Zoe Bodely – 24 November
Wellbeing at Weston with Sam Mayhew/ Ben Knocks – 1 December
Delivery at AOC SEND Conference – 7 & 8 December
We also have a wide range of fortnightly hot topic webinars and focus groups commencing at the end of December.
Leading SEND, Sharing our Trauma Informed Approach
Webinar 1: Bravery – Creating the Space
17 Jan from 12.30- 1.30pm
Webinar 2: Listening – The gift of curiosity in leadership
31 Jan from 12.30- 1.30pm
Webinar 3: Self-care – Authenticity and Celebration
14 Feb from 12.30-1.30pm
There will also be a round up with an “in discussion” webinar featuring Dr Paul Phillips and Kathryn James in March, so stay tuned to book.
You can also book onto any of these via the ETF Course booking system.
If you would like to find out more about the work of our CfE in SEND (People) or would like to work collaboratively with the CfE, we’re keen to hear from you, so get in touch with your suggestions and ideas.
For further details of the ETF Centres for Excellence in SEND, webinar recordings, resources and toolkits visit the dedicated CfESEND page of the ETF website.