News and events

This page brings together the latest published resources and research in the delivery of maths in Further Education and Training. You will also find a selection of courses on offer as part of the Shaping Success programme and a list of useful events.

For further information contact our Regional Specialist Leads who support practitioners through professional development in maths and English and can signpost you to the activities and resources that best suit your needs.

News and events

Key opportunities and information on events delivered by your Regional Specialist Leads and other leading organisations in Further Education

Maths and English Network: Skills and Education Group Nottingham, Friday 28th February This meeting includes a variety of inputs for managers and practitioners involved in skills development, these include Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group who were awarded Outstanding in all areas under Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework, Claire Collins, who will identify the differences between embedding English, maths and digital skills (EMD) in T Levels compared to vocational learning in general, Kate Wright (Curriculum Manager for Maths and English, Loughborough College) on the balance between effective, timely and meaningful feedback and staff workload and, finally, Helen Pickering (Education Consultant) who worked for a leading exam board as a Principal Examiner and Lead Assessment Writer for the current specification will provide an overview of the specification, followed by a detailed focus on the skills that students require to succeed.

Northern Skills Network Launch Leeds, Thursday 13th February The Board of the Northern Skills Network invite you to join us in celebrating the launch of NSN and our collaborative partnership: 9 Networks, 1 Agenda – to enhance the skills system across the North of England. Speakers include: Roger Marsh, NP11, Keith Smith, ESFA, Chris Jones, Ofsted...more speakers to be announced!

Yorkshire & the Humber CPD Networking Event Halifax, Monday 2nd March This network is an opportunity to network with colleagues, allowing you time to discuss what matters to you. Some of our members have been investigating destination data - find out about their progress so far. At this event, we will be engaging in an activity to discuss our observation and learning walks practice. 

Key publications

Key publications for practitioners delivering and/or managing maths courses in Further Education

NEW! Functional Skills Collaborative Projects: Getting Ready for the New Qualifications Creative Education was commissioned to manage 15 collaborative projects that improved the readiness to deliver the new Functional Skills specifications from September, 2019. Working with 34 providers from across the education and charity sectors, our Functional Skills Collaborative Projects Programme ran from September 2018 to June 2019 and directly or indirectly engaged with almost 2,200 practitioners and learners. Each of our project partnerships first identified an element of the new specifications that was likely to present a challenge to their staff and learners. These challenges ranged from the higher demands of the non-calculator paper to the growing gap between ESOL qualifications and Functional Skills English. From this base, each project developed an experimental approach that allowed them to trial new ways of addressing these issues.

Advanced Practitioner Case Study: Evaluating the Advanced Practitioner Role – Champions in Maths and English, South Devon College and Bridgwater & Taunton College This case study is from one of 15 collaborative projects, across a range of cross-sector partnerships that were commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation to support Phase 4 of the Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) programme. The partnership wanted to explore how they could use the role of the AP to address the challenge of increasing learner attendance, achievement and satisfaction when taking GCSE and Functional Skills Maths and English qualifications.

NEW! Learning Support Assistants in Further Education The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has developed this guidance report in partnership with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). It is to help leaders and managers in the Further Education (FE) and Training sector make evidence-informed decisions about how best to design the Learning Support Assistant (LSA) role, and to deploy and support LSAs to improve learner outcomes across their organisation, setting and contexts.

Continual Professional Development

Current opportunities for continual professional development relating to maths in Further Education

NEW! Embedding maths and English in apprenticeship delivery Webinar dates: 10-26 February 2020, 2-12 March 2020 A new package of learning materials is now available for providers and employers to support embedding of English and maths in workplace learning for your apprentices. They will provide you with practical strategies, resources and support for relating maths and English to workplace learning. Find out how to embed and assess subject learning in workplace activities to engage and motivate your apprentices.

The materials comprise four online learning modules and an associated series of four interactive webinar sessions, which build on the module content. These are available free of charge during the pilot which will end on 31 March 2020, on a first-come first-served basis.

Maths Pathways Free online modules and self-evaluation tools to develop your personal maths skills at level 2, with some extension to level 3 (both Functional Skills and GCSE). Engagement in these tools will guide practitioners in prioritising developmental needs which can then be supported by the courses provided by the Education and Training Foundation.

Supporting Functional Skills (Maths) (East and North) Nottingham, Wednesday 19th February This course will introduce you to newly-produced exemplar activities that may be used to develop learners' Functional Maths abilities. Help you to identify how and why context matters when developing learners' Functional maths. Enable you to plan and design differentiated, inclusive Functional maths sessions meeting Effective Practice Guidelines for assessment and tracking and help you to support learners to achieve Functional maths outcomes.

To browse all webinars on the maths and English Pipelines please click here.

Spotlight on resources

Exciting new resources for the management and/or delivery of maths in Further Education

New! Approaches to Assessment and Tracking in Maths and English The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) recognises that Assessment for Learning (AfL) is an intrinsic part of the learning process as detailed in the Assessment for Learning: Effective Practice Guidelines1 which were co-created with the sector. This guide builds on these guidelines and is primarily written for teaching staff. It can be used as a reflection tool to develop your practice in AfL approaches and contains practical activities to adapt and use with your learners. It contains practical ideas to help you introduce more effective assessment techniques into your teaching. 

Improving the delivery of maths and English in apprenticeships This multimodal guide aims to support practitioners, trainers, assessors and managers working with apprentices to improve their delivery of maths and English. It provides the latest policy updates on apprenticeship reforms and addresses key challenges around teaching, learning and assessment. The guide also provides links to a wide range of resources and CPD training to support effective delivery of maths and English in apprenticeships.