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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

South West English and Maths Network Event Plymouth, Friday 7th December, 2018

South West network event for English and maths in the post-16 sector, open to all those who are working with post-16 learners including colleges, training providers and voluntary sector organisations. This event is for teachers, trainers, managers, English and maths leads, and anyone involved in English or maths delivery. The day will include updates and information on English and maths support and resources, including preparing for the new functional skills, maths and English resources, and the opportunity to network and share good practice in the region.

AoC English and Maths Conference London, Tuesday 5th February, 2019

AoC’s English and Maths Conference is an invaluable national event that brings together innovative speakers offering hands-on practical advice and learnings. It gives delegates a key chance to discuss with peers solutions to the English and maths challenges every college faces. Attend for a unique mix of strategic guidance on current policy and practical sessions.

Key publications

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

*NEW* The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Attainment Gap Report This report assesses the attainment gap through the lens, first, of children and young people; and secondly, of schools, as well as early years and post16 settings. It highlights and summarises what we believe to be the key issues, and how our analysis of them informs our practical work with teachers and senior leaders.

*NEW* Mathematics in Further Education Colleges (MiFEC) Summer Update 2018 The Mathematics in Further Education Colleges (MiFEC) summer update provides a brief update on progress with the project since September 2017 and presents a few of the emerging findings. Early findings from the project offer some insight into how policy is being enacted and shaping practice in four strands: 1) A national policy trajectory analysis and literature review; 2) Analyses of student progression over time; 3) Case studies of Further Education colleges; and, 4) A survey of the mathematics teacher workforce.

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.

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.

Teaching Functional Skills Maths Level 5 CPD module Halifax, Friday 11th January to Friday 15th February, 2019 (5 days)

This is aimed at both new teachers of Functional Skills maths and those already teaching but possibly recently transferred from other areas, including vocational teachers and assessors. It is particularly suitable for those who do not currently hold a specific teaching qualification in maths. The course will ensure that those responsible for teaching Functional Skills maths are conversant with effective practice and have the confidence to teach Functional Skills maths to learners with skills below level 2 and support their achievement. For further information and/or to book on to this course, please click here

To browse all courses on the Shaping Success programme 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 Shaping Success programme please click here.

Spotlight on resources

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

NEW! Maths worksheets to engage learners following a sports-related vocation - Central College Nottingham Sample maths worksheets in sports contexts devised by Central College Nottingham as part of their OTLA project. Topics covered include: fractions, decimals and ratio.

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.