Raising standards in English

Case studies

Case studies for FE colleges

Sunderland College - Preparing for inspection

Sunderland College has a wide range of students and courses, from Higher Education and Advanced Level study to adult and part time courses, as well as bespoke employer training. 

Stoke on Trent College-Whole organisation approaches of the transition to functional skills

This case study demonstrates how Stoke on Trent College were supported to develop a whole organisation approach to English, maths and ESOL provision, with an emphasis on embedding English, maths and ESOL into Apprenticeship delivery

Regent College, Leicester - A new CPD strategy for embedding English, ESOL and maths through active learning

Regent College, Leicester is proud to be an inclusive college in the centre of Leicester. We specialise in supporting young people to study at an advanced level, with a majority progressing from here to university. 

Peterborough Regional College - Resource development for ESOL and vocational learning

Peterborough Regional College has been an active member of the language, literacy and numeracy support offered by LSIS and this year joined the programme to focus upon their ESOL Entry Level one provision. 

North Nottinghamshire College - The story so far

North Nottinghamshire College is the leading provider of education and training in the North Nottinghamshire area and beyond. 

National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM): The University of Lincoln-Changing direction: Meeting the needs of the food industry

The University’s provision for the food sector at Holbeach has acquired a national reputation as an exemplar model of an industry specific, employer driven curriculum that offers a seamless route of progression from further education (FE)

Kirklees College-Developing the delivery of English and maths

Kirklees College came into being in August 2008 through a merger between Dewsbury College and Huddersfield Technical College. It supports areas of significant deprivation with more than half of its learners coming from disadvantaged areas. 

Brooklands College-Home grown functional skills 'Top Tips' Training

Brooklands College is a large further education college offering courses from entry to higher education levels, including a broad range of vocational and A-Level provision as well as part time supported learning, English and maths provision from community

Barking and Dagenham College - Collaboration between functional skills specialists and vocational specialists

Barking and Dagenham College is a further education college offering academic and vocational courses to young people and adults. 

Case studies for Work Based Learning

J. O Academy - Sharing good practice – whatever the sector

As a vocational provider, the organisation and staff have successfully delivered key skills for a number of years. The staff were, largely unprepared to deliver many aspects of functional maths or English. 

Hillingdon Training Limited - Preparing for functional skills in apprenticeships

Hillingdon Training Limited (HTL) deliver programmes in business administration, health and social care, customer service, supporting teaching and learning, hospitality, IT, construction, motor vehicle and sport. 

DART Training LTD - The shape of things to come

We needed to ensure that, given the remote nature of the delivery, the materials and approach were accessible and usable by both assessors and apprentices. This is one of a series of provider support case studies.

Central Training - Functional skills in work-based learning: making it work

Central Training delivers training programmes across a wide range of vocational areas across the United Kingdom. 

Capital Training Group- Integrating English and maths into work based programmes: the role of assessors and trainers

Capital Training Group represents a consortium of companies specialising in work based learning. 

Aspire-A whole team approach to delivering English, maths and ICT at work

This case study focuses on the functional skills development work carried out by Aspire, a work-based learning company, which is a subsidiary of Lincoln College. 

Case studies for ACL

Wiltshire County Council - Functional skills: a catalyst for transforming teaching and learning in apprenticeships

Wiltshire CC, have moved from training existing employees via Train to Gain, to running advanced apprenticeships (25+). 

Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead adult learning - The journey to embedding

This project brought together the neighbouring adult education departments of Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead adult learning. a range of adult education classes which include maths, English and ESOL, family learning and vocational courses.

Shropshire Family Learning-Functional skills and family learning: an introduction

This case study provides an insight into the introduction of functional skills within a family learning context. 

Hull Training - The importance of developing the English and maths skills of the vocational tutors

Hull Training and Adult Education in Hull City Council have come together as one organisation to deliver apprenticeships, adult skills qualifications and community learning to the residents of the city.

Bradford Family Learning Service - Putting quality on a firm footing

The Bradford Family Learning Service is a stand-alone unit within Bradford Council. 

Blackpool Adult, Community and Family Learning - Improving initial assessment and target setting in family learning

Blackpool has been delivering family learning over many years. After the last Ofsted inspection they were keen to ensure that a ‘fit for purpose’ initial assessment was in place. 

Case studies for Third sector

The Learning Community - Embedding and delivering English and maths in employability training

We work closely with the local community offering back to work and employability programmes, including ICT training, personal money management and personal development. 

TaylorITEX Community Interest Company - Broadening the curriculum with embedded English, ESOL and maths

TaylorITEX Community Interest Company (CIC) was formed in August 2010. offer provision under Lincolnshire County Council’s Personal Community Development Learning contract (PCDL)

Spark Educare - Functional skills in a voluntary and community setting

Spark Educare has strong links with Reading Borough Council, Reading College and New Directions and is a registered centre for functional skills tests. The teaching staff took ideas and models and created their own bespoke resources. 

MaTReC, Open Door and Swarthmore-Managing a strategic transition to functional skills

The three organisations are all adult and community providers with charitable status in the Yorkshire and Humber region. They offer a range of learning opportunities to people of all ages and abilities and in particular to those with skills below Level 2. 

ELECT, Kirkby Unemployed Centre and Community Information Training Company (CITC) UK - First steps for North West voluntary and community sector

The three organisations work in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, with a focus on those furthest from the labour market and who are most likely to need help with literacy and numeracy skills. 

Community Learning Partnership-Maximising the impact of CPD

Ensuring that CPD activities have maximum impact is important for all organisations, but particularly when staff are part-time, new to their role or working in challenging situations.

Case studies for Offender learning

North East Prison Group-Sharing support across a network

The prisons in the North East have been receiving support to develop a whole organisation approach on an individual basis through previous English and Maths support programmes and at the same time have developed a supportive peer review

HMP Onley (and Milton Keynes College), Building on what works well to deliver new English and maths qualifications

This case study focuses on the design and implementation of new English and maths courses for adult male learners at HMP Onley, a male category C prison in Rugby, Warwickshire. This is one of a series of provider support case studies. 

HMP Oakwood - Starting with a clean slate embedding functional skills in prison work and training

HMP Oakwood is Britain’s newest prison. The newly appointed Education Management Team responsible for general education, vocational training and personal/social development (PSD) were keen to take an innovative approach to the development and delivery of

HMP North Sea Camp - Initial and diagnostic assessment for functional skills

HMP Bullwood - reflecting

Improving offender learning achievement, using ILPs focusing on soft targets.

HMP Bullwood - Individual learning plans

Improving offender learning achievement, using ILPs focusing on soft targets.

HMP Bulwood Hall and HMP and YOI Chelmsford - A tale of two prisons

Both prisons have received LSIS support in previous years and have made good progress in their maths, English and ESOL provision. This year they identified that a key challenge for them is employability - in particular, using vocational courses and tutors.