News and events

This page brings together the latest published resources and research in the delivery of English in the Further Education and Training sector. You will also find a selection of the 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.


Key events delivered by your Regional Specialist Leads and other leading organisations in Further Education 

Collaborative Practice Development Day Liverpool, Wednesday 3rd April, Durham, Wednesday 10th April, Leeds, Wednesday 24th April, 2019 Do you want to engage your learners, build their confidence and help them to stick with it and succeed using approaches tried and tested by practitioners? Join us for this collaborative practice development day. There will be workshops drawing on a range of popular Shaping Success Maths and English courses including phonics, update your digital skills and maths mastery approaches. There will also be opportunities to develop your digital skills, network with your peers and discuss approaches.

Key publications

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

NEW! Functional Skills Reform Factsheet English and mathematics Functional Skills qualifications are both respected and well-known. They help students to gain important real world skills for the future. Starting in September 2019, the current qualifications will be replaced by reformed Functional Skills qualifications to make them even more relevant and credible for the world of work. The content of the reformed qualifications is more specific and detailed than before. It will be easier to compare Functional Skills with other qualifications.

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.

Continual Professional Development

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

English Pathways Free online modules and self-evaluation tools to develop your personal English 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.

Future Leadership webinar series - Maths & English: what success looks like Available from Monday 1st April, 2019 Future Leadership - shaping a new generation of work-based learning & FE. 'Maths & English what success looks like' is part of a series of 10 recorded webinars. The two expert guest speakers are: Mike Ellicock, formerly Managing Director at Numicon, now CEO at the National Numeracy charity. Dr Tim Strickland, CEO FE Sussex, has led Sussex colleges' research into improving maths and English outcomes.


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 English in Further Education

NEW! Intuition English Supplement The summer issue of inTuition (32) features an English supplement exploring developments in English education and training. The supplement includes: Learning to fall in love with English. How teachers can open students' eyes to its awesome agility. Crafting the magic of unforgettable resit lessons. 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.