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Research

The Education and Training Foundation is continuing to commission research into the delivery of maths to inform effective strategies.  We provide here a selection of research from a variety of organisations as well as the latest report on why learners think they don’t achieve a good grade at GCSE.  More research is available by searching the main Gateway site.

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Engaging learners in GCSE maths and English

This ETF commissioned research (2014) explores the reasons why learners leave school without GCSE grade A*-C in maths and/or English. The overall aim of the research was to contribute to an evidence base to support the Foundation in its work to upskill the FE workforce and increase the number of young people gaining Level 2 maths and English. The project adopted a practitioner research approach to capture learner voice on attitudes towards learning maths and English and how learners feel they could have been supported more effectively. This approach proved highly effective in enabling practitioners to gain a deeper understanding of learners’ individual needs and learning journeys.

Practitioner-led exploratory research projects videos

These videos record the results of LSIS practitioner-led Exploratory Research Projects. The overall aim of the projects was to develop innovative and creative approaches to delivering English, maths and ESOL in order to increase learner motivation, achievement and progression in life and work.

Practitioner led action research posters

In 2011-2012 and 2012-13, LSIS supported a number of practitioner-led Exploratory Research Projects with the aim of improving practice in English, maths and ESOL. The overall aim of the projects was to develop innovative and creative approaches to delivering English, maths and ESOL in order to increase learner motivation, achievement and progression in life and work. Grouped under themes, the 2011 – 12 resources include posters that summarise aim and impact of research projects. 

Supporting Skills for Life learners to Stick With It

The Stick with it! project focuses on adult language, literacy and numeracy learners and those supporting them. The research and development programme explored the barriers that learners face, and the strategies and support that can be put in place to help them to persist and progress within the literacy, language and numeracy qualification framework. Practical resources were developed aimed at managers, teachers and learners.

Stick with it: messages from the development projects

The Stick with it! project focuses on adult language, literacy and numeracy learners and those supporting them. The research and development programme explored the barriers that learners face, and the strategies and support that can be put in place to help them to persist and progress within the literacy, language and numeracy qualification framework. Practical resources were developed aimed at managers, teachers and learners.

Literature review: key messages and topics from research on learner persistence

The Stick with it! project focuses on adult language, literacy and numeracy learners and those supporting them. The research and development programme explored the barriers that learners face, and the strategies and support that can be put in place to help them to persist and progress within the literacy, language and numeracy qualification framework. Practical resources were developed aimed at managers, teachers and learners.