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Welcome to the maths professionals' news page

This page brings together the latest published resources and research in the delivery of maths in Further Education. 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

Regional Specialist Lead Events for 2018/19

Contact your Regional Specialist Lead for information on events in your area throughout the next academic year. 

Leading an English and Maths Team Workshop with AoC Create

Birmingham, Wednesday 10 October 2018 This workshop is specifically designed for FE leaders and managers responsible for cross-college English and Maths provision and explores ways of maximising the potential of disaffected students who are re-sitting GCSE English and Maths, or studying Functional Skills in English and Maths, achieving a grade C or 5.

Key publications

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

NEW! Decisions on Functional Skills reform Department for Education, July 2018. Functional Skills Qualifications (FSQs) in English and mathematics are being reformed. This document sets out The Department for Education's final decisions on the rules and guidance that will apply to the new FSQs in English and mathematics which will be introduced for first teaching in September 2019.

Subject Content Functional Skills Maths Department for Education, February 2018. This document underpins the qualifications and sets out the purpose, learning aims and outcomes that students need to achieve.

Improving engagement and attainment in maths and English courses: insights from behavioural research Department for Education, February 2018. A summary of 23 behavioural science interventions which aimed to improve participation and completion of maths and English courses.

Continual professional development

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

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 3 day Professional, Learning and Development (PLD) programme Birmingham 

Day 1 & 2: 29 & 30 November, 2018 and Day 3: March, 2019  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. For further information and/or to book on to this course, please click here

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

Maths and English in Apprenticeships: Interactive Webinars A series of interactive webinars for practitioners developing and supporting Maths and English within apprenticeships and vocational education.

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! Intuition Maths Supplement The summer issue of inTuition (32) features a maths supplement exploring developments in mathematics education and training. The supplement includes: Making maths bear fruit for learners. Boosting your knowledge to teach inspiring maths. Helping students with the most severe needs. How to seize the digital opportunities.

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.

Managing Maths and English Provision - Ten Top Tips There is not one simple solution to improve maths and English and each organisation will have its own set of unique challenges. However, there is a growing body of expertise that suggest some critical success factors for providers. Our Top Ten Tips provide advice and guidance to improve outcomes in maths and English.