Raising standards in maths

Raising standards through recruitment, staff development and the provision of effective learning resources.

Practitioners

The Excellence Gateway has a wealth of resources for practitioners ranging from guides and CPD resources to learner material for use in the classroom.  Here we have selected some of the most effective and arranged them into categories.  You can either scroll down the page or click on the categories on the right to get to those you are interested in.  We also have some links for developing your personal maths skills.

For courses available from the ETF to support English teaching please visit 

 http://www.et-foundation.co.uk/supporting/support-practitioners/maths-an...

Delivering teaching and learning

Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL resources from Readwriteplus

trainer delivering a session to teachers

These resources were developed over the period 2001 to 2010, to support the national Skills for Life Strategy and other Skills for Life developments. The documents and other resources were held on the Readwriteplus website which has now been closed

From the link below you can download Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL material for use with learners

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130802100617/http://rwp.exce...

Or click on view resource below

 

Improving the teaching of maths: interactive modules

A trigonometry diagram from the interactive modules

These interactive modules are designed to improve the personal skills of teachers of maths GCSE and provide tips on effective teaching approaches.  You will need to create a login to access these modules.

CPD module [level 5] for teachers of maths GCSE resits

trainer delivering a session to teachers

This package provides a  10-session training programme to support teachers to deliver GCSE resit programmes in maths. A zip file contains all the resources necessary to deliver the training.

Supporting GCSE maths: videos

learner exploring transformations using cut-out shapes on a grid

This summary links to videos which show examples of effective practice in delivering GCSE maths in a variety of settings.  Their aim is to stimulate discussion on how practitioners can improve their own practice. 

Family learning

These teaching and learning materials were developed and trialled as part of pilot national Family Literacy, Language and Numeracy projects. 

Skilled for Health

Skilled for Health was a national programme that embedded Skills for Life learning into health improvement topics. It aimed to address both the skills and health inequalities prevalent within traditionally disadvantaged communities.

The approach taken in the Skilled for Health materials was to identify general health topics that are relevant to a wide range of learners and to use these as a lever for development of literacy, language and numeracy skills. The materials cover issues relating to health and healthy living rather than specific health conditions.

Numeracy Skills for Life generic teaching and learning materials

This set of materials is designed to provide an exemplar of teaching numeracy to adult learners, from Entry 1 to Level 2.

Downloadable audio files are available on the Excellence Gateway.

These materials will be of interest to a wide range of teachers in all settings, including Skills for Life, functional skills and key skills teaching and learning.

Interactive Numeracy resources

These interactive files, cover a selection of numeracy skills from Milestone 7 of the Pre-entry curriculum framework, through the Entry levels to Levels 1 and 2.

Dyslexia starter kit

The Dyslexia Starter Kit aims to help you review your provision for dyslexic learners, or to help less experienced providers develop dyslexia support from scratch.

Supporting dyslexic learners in different contexts

The aim of this module is to raise awareness of dyslexia in a range of adult contexts and to raise awareness of issues of equality and diversity. It is aimed at teachers, managers and assessors of vocational subjects who are planning to support learners who may be dyslexic.

An introduction to teaching English and maths together

The aim of this module is to highlight the mutually dependent relationship between English and maths in real world vocational contexts.

It is aimed at teachers, managers and assessors of vocational subjects and English, maths and ESOL subject specialists

 

Supporting ESOL learners with maths

The aim of these CPD modules is to help teachers develop the maths skills of their ESOL learners

Using ICT to support the development of English and maths skills

The aim of this module is to enable participants to explore and use ICT as a core means of raising learner achievement in English, maths and ICT.

·       It is aimed at work-based learning assessors and managers working in work-based learning settings;

·       Practitioners responsible for raising learners’ English, maths, ESOL and ICT levels across the FE and skills sector; and 

·       Managers responsible for the planning of learning programmes and for learner achievement.

Approaches to the formative and summative assessment of functional skills

The aim of this module is to explore a range of approaches to assessment for learning that help identify learners’ progress in relation to solving complex problems independently.

It is aimed at practitioners who are teaching or supporting functional skills on embedded and discrete programmes

 

Planning

Adult Pre-entry numeracy diagnostics

This web page contains links to diagnostics relating to the Pre-entry curriculum to assess learners and help provide e meaningful, individual learning experiences.

Employability starter kit

The purpose of this employability skills section is to show how language, literacy and numeracy skills underpin familiar work tasks, for those in employment or seeking work. The content has been developed to enable teachers and trainers involved in employability skills development to identify how workplace skills are linked to the underpinning LLN skills.

The resources include suggestions as to how the LLN skills may be developed within, and for, a variety of contexts.

 

Target setting for functional skills

The module consists of two half day sessions: one face-to-face and one online session that will enable teachers, trainers, assessors and managers to set and quality assure SMART functional skills’ targets to maximise learner achievement in functional skills.

The face-to-face module is for managers; 

The online module is aimed at staff delivering / assessing functional skills.

Designing and delivering programmes using blended learning approaches

The aim of this module is to enable participants to raise learner achievement in English, maths and ESOL / functional skills by combining different, effective and complementary teaching and learning methods in an integrated, blended programme..  Iis aimed at work-based learning (WBL) assessors, and managers working in WBL settings;practitioners responsible for raising learners’ English, maths, ESOL and ICT levels across the FE and skills sector; and managers responsible for the planning of learning programmes and for learner achievement

Third sector toolkit

The Third Sector Toolkit is designed to support voluntary and community organisations so that you can respond to the literacy, language, communication and numeracy skills needs of your service users, staff and volunteers.

The kit is directed mainly to those voluntary and community organisations which are not currently mainstream providers of education and training, and whose specialisms are outside the formal education sector.

Being functional: functional skills resource library

This library contains resources from key skills and Skills for Life, as well as functional skills, all of which can be used to support the planning and delivery of functional skills. These resources have been recommended by functional skills teachers, trainers and experts as being valuable in building on effective practice established through these programmes.

Functional skills starter kit

This starter kit aims to support providers in their delivery of functional skills by providing practical guidance and resources. It brings together existing nationally developed resources from the Functional Skills Support Programme, and the Being functional site, as well as some provider-developed resources produced through the LSIS Skills for Life Support and Support for Literacy, Language and Numeracy programmes.

The starter kit is useful for managers, teachers and workplace assessors new to functional skills or in transition from key skills or adult literacy and numeracy provision, as well as those currently delivering functional skills

 

Individual learning plans: Planning and recording achievement

The ‘Planning learning and recording progress and achievement guide’ is for learners in adult literacy, numeracy and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). It relates to all types of provision, whatever the context or style of delivery, and all kinds of learners, including adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. It is designed to help teachers develop procedures and recording systems for their own organisations; evaluate and revise current systems and procedures; and improve the effectiveness of current current practice.

Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum

The Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum describes the content of what should be taught in numeracy programmes and sets out a clear set of skills required to meet national standards.

Numeracy Starter kit

The aim of this kit is to help you identify numeracy priorities in your organisation and plan to implement them.  The resource also contains numeracy teaching and learning resources.

Initial and diagnostic assessment

Improving initial and diagnostic assessment for functional skills

The aim of this module is to explore initial and diagnostic assessment within functional skills.  It is aimed at practitioners who are teaching or supporting functional skills development on embedded and discrete programmes. It may also be useful for managers when planning functional skills programmes or programmes which require functional skills, eg apprenticeships.

Numeracy diagnostic assessment materials

The numeracy diagnostic assessment materials include a tutor guide with full instructions and proforma, as well as learner materials for all levels from pre-entry Milestones 4-8 to Level 2.

The materials are designed to assess all elements of the adult numeracy core curriculum