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Leading GCSE English and maths for post 16 learners

The Education and Training Foundation has funded a new set of resources, to support leaders and governors responsible for the leadership of the delivery of GCSE English and maths.

The resources are available at the website  There is an introductory video outlining the store of research and materials and how they can be accessed and used to help you and your organisation pro-actively respond to this significant policy change.

The resources are designed to increase awareness of the changes taking place and to share effective practice on how they can be implemented through the strategic activities of leaders, governors and boards. The resources include eCPD modules, research and reference materials, self-assessment approaches, action plans, tool-kits, supported by audio and video clips.

The development of the resources involved more than 180 senior leaders and 100 governing board members from over 80 provider organisations in three regional groupings of providers led by The East Midlands Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (emCETT), Abingdon and Witney College and FE Sussex respectively.  


New from OFSTED

Increasing provision in English and mathematics through strategic planning

Four good practice case studies of further education and skills providers offering 16–19 study programmes:

The 16 to 19 study programmes for all young people of this age group, apart from apprentices, require that all students without a GCSE at grade C or above in English and/or mathematics should continue to study these subjects. This has been a condition of funding for each of these students since September 2014.

Maths and English Good Practice Guide

A maths and English Good Practice Guide has been launched by West Suffolk College following two very successful conferences focussing on leadership in those subjects.

Delegates from across the country, who wanted to share the college’s strategy for GCSE resit success, contributed to the guide which is now available on a new maths and English website:

CPD modules [level 5] for teachers of maths and English GCSE resits

These packages have been developed by the Foundation to provide training programmes which providers can run themselves to support teachers to deliver GCSE resit programmes in maths/English. These two packages, maths and English, each consist of an overall programme document including Scheme of Work, 10 session plans including Powerpoints and all resources, and a rationale to explain the general thinking behind the sessions.

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Strategic Guide Case Studies

These case studies from five FE colleges outline different aspects of effective practice to improve provision for Englsih and maths.  These are part of the Strategic Guide for the delivery of GCSE English and maths to the 16-19 year old cohort.  See also The Strategic Guide and The Health Check.

Health Check Tool for English and maths

This Health Check Tool will help organisations improve provision for English and maths. It forms part of the Strategic Guide for the delivery of GCSE English and maths to the 16-19 cohort. See also The Strategic Guide and The Case Studies .

A Strategic Guide for the delivery of GCSE English and maths to the 16-19 cohort

This Strategic Guide will help education providers to implement a strategic approach to delivering GCSE English and maths across their organisation.  See also The Case Studies and The Health Check

Leading GCSE mathematics and English for post-16 learners

This website, developed with funding from the Education and Training Foundation, provides a variety of information, guidance and resources for senior leaders and governors to help increase the GCSE English and mathematics capacity in the post-16 sector. 

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Using the self assessment process to improve the quality of English and maths provision

The aim of this module is to support managers with the development of the self-assessment report (SAR); and to consider how to use the SAR as a monitoring and quality assurance/improvement tool

Although primarily aimed at practitioners (teachers, trainers, assessors), both English and maths and vocational it will also be of interest to senior staff with whole organisation responsibility for English and maths/functional skills; curriculum managers; quality and HR managers.

Preparation for inspection with an English and maths focus

The aim of the CPD module is to support teachers, trainers, assessors with the requirements of the Common Inspection Framework and the inspection process (as revised in June 2012) in relation to the teaching of English and maths.


Professional Development Planning Starter Kit

This range of resources, will help you plan professional development for your staff in literacy, language (ESOL) and numeracy (LLN).

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Whole organisation approach starter kit

This resource offers guidance to providers and identifies the relevant starter kits to support different aspects of a whole organisation approach. You can work through the WOA framework, begin with any section of it, or go straight to the individual starter kits.