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This exhibition site is currently being updated. The revised and updated site will be live in March, 2019. 

‘Make the laugh, make them cry’

‘Make the laugh, make them cry’ is report from a practitioner-led research study funded by the Education and Training Foundation. The purpose of the study was to explore approaches to initial assessment for students aiming to study for GCSE English.


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 action research

In 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.

Practitioners involved in the projects produced posters to showcase the aim of their projects, as well as the methodology and research findings.



Adult learners reviewing a textbook & studying together

Learning literacy together: the impact and effectiveness of family literacy on parents, children, families and schools

This short report summarises the findings of a two-year evaluation project to assess the impact and effectiveness of family literacy programmes in England.