New from OFSTED
Increasing provision in English and mathematics through strategic planning
Four good practice case studies of further education and skills providers offering 16–19 study programmes:
The 16 to 19 study programmes for all young people of this age group, apart from apprentices, require that all students without a GCSE at grade C or above in English and/or mathematics should continue to study these subjects. This has been a condition of funding for each of these students since September 2014.
Since September 2014, all students aged 16-19 who have not achieved A*-C GCSEs in English and maths are to continue studying these subjects thereby creating a significant workforce challenge for the sector. New specifications for GCSE Maths are also being introduced in 2015. The reforms mean the qualification is more academically stretching with a linear exam. There will be more challenging questions for the most able to properly test their understanding of the mathematical knowledge needed for higher level study and careers in mathematics, the sciences and computing. The new qualification is larger than the current qualification and the total assessment time will be greater, at a minimum of four and a half hours.
Improving maths teaching and learning by addressing these challenges is a priority area for the Education and Training Foundation. These changes will require new teaching approaches to ensure success in learning and higher levels of achievement. We are committed to developing initiatives to provide professional development for teachers and in recruiting high quality new staff to teach maths in the sector. We also want to stimulate the development and sharing of effective teaching resources as well as providing access to the best of legacy material available in the Excellence Gateway and other sources.
To further support your professional development needs, the Foundation has recruited regional specialist leads for maths.
This exhibition site brings together some of the most effective maths materials available on the Excellence Gateway (link is external), as well as brand new material that will be of interest to practitioners, managers and leaders across the sector.
The Excellence Gateway contains a wealth of maths resources for practitioners. Learning materials are a major part of this but there are also many resources for professional development and guidance.
In addition to assessment tools there are resources here for practitioners to improve their own knowledge and skills.
If you are a manager charged with developing maths (and English) provision the Excellence Gateway offers you a variety of supporting resources to smooth the process. We present here a selection of those but more are available through searching the main Gateway site.
The Excellence Gateway contains resources to support learning providers in delivering maths and functional skills within vocational programmes and work-based learning. This is particularly important given the need to ensure all learners achieve a level 2 qualification.