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English and Maths in study programmes. Ruth Perry Achievement for All consultant Natspec : High Quality Study Programmes event 9 June, 2014. Study programme requirements.

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english and maths in study programmes
English and Maths in study programmes

Ruth Perry

Achievement for All consultant

Natspec: High Quality Study Programmes event

9 June, 2014

study programme requirements
Study programme requirements

Students who do not already have a GCSE A* – C grade in Maths and/or English must work towards gaining these GCSEs (or other qualifications that will act as a stepping stone for achievement of these qualifications in time).

Students with a learning difficulty and/or disability need not have their English and Maths learning accredited but do need to have skills in these two areas included in their programme, as relevant to their individual needs and planned progression.

See http://www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk/media/309641/factsheet_study_programmes.pdf

four key questions
Four key questions

What might English and Maths look like within study programmes?

What does effective teaching and learning look like?

How can we encourage and monitor progress?

What are the options for recognising and recording achievement?

english and maths what might it look like
English and Maths: what might it look like?

Encountering experiences

Reflex responses

Engaging with objects and environment


A level syllabus

Delivery model


Key driver

Individual targets

Externally-set learning outcomes

english and maths the current curriculum
English and Maths: the current curriculum
  • Across the college, what English and Maths is currently being taught within study programmes?
  • Create a diagrammatic representation of your current curriculum.
  • Briefly explain your current offer to the rest of the table
  • Consider together
    • How much commonality is there? What are the common elements? Do they provide the basis of a core curriculum for some groups of learners?
    • What are the key differences? What accounts for these?
english and maths what should we cover
English and Maths: what should we cover?

Guiding principle:

The English and Maths content of a learner’s study programme should be that which supports them to achieve the positive progression they are seeking.

effective teaching and learning general characteristics
Effective teaching and learning: general characteristics
  • Equips learners for life in its broadest sense
  • Introduces learners to key processes, big ideas, core language associated with a subject
  • Builds on prior learning
  • Requires scaffolding of learning
  • Includes assessment as a way of checking and advancing learning
  • Promotes active engagement of the learner
  • Relies on learning relationships (with peers, teacher and others)
  • Recognises informal learning
  • Requires continuous learning by teachers
  • Takes place in an environment conducive to learning

Adapted from ESRC research into teaching and learning in schools

effective teaching and learning in maths
Effective teaching and learning in Maths
  • Promotes active rather than passive learning
  • Relies on challenging, connected teaching rather than transmission of knowledge
  • Builds on knowledge learners bring to sessions
  • Uses effective questioning and longer wait times
  • Uses cooperative small group work
  • Emphasises methods rather than answers
  • Creates connections between different aspects of Maths
  • Uses technology appropriately
  • Responds positively to mistakes
  • Acknowledges there’s more than one way to skin a rabbit

Adapted from Standards Unit: Improving Learning in Mathematics

Teaching strategies useful when working with learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Greater experience of transfer to support generalisation of knowledge or skills
  • More concrete examples to support learning in relation to abstract concepts
  • More frequent and/or more specifically focussed assessment of learning
  • More careful checking of preparedness to move to the next stage in learning
  • More time to explore and solve problems
  • More practice to achieve mastery

Adapted from NFER review of research evidence

sharing successful practice
Sharing successful practice
  • Choose a focus: either English or Maths
  • Select an aspect of your approach that is working well. If possible, choose something where you have been experimental.
    • Outline the practice: what is happening, with whom?
    • Why did you decide to adopt this approach?
    • How did you get to where you are now?
    • What specific factors are contributing to its success?
    • Which (if any) of the features of effective practice

discussed are being used?

    • How do you know it is working well?
  • Share the practice with a partner/on your table
a problem shared
A problem shared….
  • On a post-it note, summarise a current English or Maths teaching and learning challenge you are facing
  • Fold it up and place it in the middle of the table
  • Take the issues one at a time, offering the owner of the challenge as many solutions-focused

suggestions as possible - in just a few minutes

  • Exchange contact details if you think you can

help each other further

encouraging and maintaining progress
Encouraging and maintaining progress

Progress has stalled.

My learners have reached a plateau.

They can do it one week and by the next it’s gone.

They’ve spent 14 years getting to E1; how am I supposed to move them on in a term?

I know they are making progress but it’s hard to show it.

progress in english and maths
Progress in English and Maths
  • Progress: lateral and/or vertical
  • Towards targets, goals, planned destinations or post-college outcomes
  • Towards unit completion, external assessment readiness, qualification achievement
  • Lateral: in more contexts, with greater consistency, more independently, with increased confidence, in combination
  • Vertical: moving up through milestones, sub-levels or levels or within these
  • Maintenance of skills
monitoring and recording progress in english and maths good practice features
Monitoring and recording progress in English and Maths: good practice features
  • Explicit recording of English and Maths progress within existing systems
  • English and Maths targets linked directly to broader targets, goals and post-college outcomes
  • Shared responsibility across teaching staff for supporting learners to achieve English and Maths targets
  • Named coordinator responsible for
    • agreeing targets
    • ensuring learners have the opportunity to develop the necessary skills across the curriculum
    • checking progress
recognising achievement
Recognising Achievement
  • Fit-for-purpose means of recognition: the visa in the passport
  • Qualifications: GCSEs, functional skills, bite-sized English and Maths
  • Other: DVD CVs, employer references, expert witness statements, video diaries