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

South East English and Maths Autumn Network Events Folkestone at East Kent College, Friday 15th November or Hampshire Futures, Winchester, Tuesday 26th November The morning sesion (10.00-12.00) will focus on English and the afternoon (13.00-15.30) will focus on maths. Those who wish to attend both sessions are very welcome. We will have a mix of practitioners and speakers sharing ideas and approaches, along with the table discussions to share best practce and discuss ideas and challenges. Register here, or for more details, contact

NEW! #StudyGood: Expression of Interest (2019-2020) touchconsulting Ltd has been contracted by the Education and Training Foundation to deliver Study Programme support to organisations across the education and training sector to enhance and develop their 16-19 Study Programme provision, leading to improved outcomes for learners.

23 providers can take advantage of an innovative, high-quality tailored and subsidised support package (£1,750) spanning September 2019 to March 2020, which includes six days of bespoke mentor support, two in-house training sessions from a menu of four, which includes 'Using maths and English confidently in your vocation', access to a blended Community of Practice, priority access to three Study Programme Guides created for the sector and fully subsidised places at the March 2020 #StudyGood Conference. Register your interest here.

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.

Leading teaching and learning for maths and English managers Birmingham, Days 1 & 2: 28-29 November 2019, Day 3 Spring 2020 Are you responsible for managing maths and/or English in your organisation? Looking for innovative ways of working, fresh strategies and support from peers? Join over 100+ plus managers who have participated in the Education and Training Foundation's innovative three-day CPD programme for Maths & English managers. The programme comprises an intensive 2-day residential, an interim work based project plus day 3.

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.