English and maths

All students enrolling on a Study Programme of 150 hours or more who do not hold a GCSE grade A*-C or, or equivalent qualification in English and/or maths are required to continue to study those subjects. This requirement is a condition of funding. It is a further condition of funding that full-time students enrolling on a study programme with prior attainment of a grade D GCSE or an equivalent qualification in English and/or maths must be enrolled on a GCSE rather than a stepping stone qualification. 

The Education and Training Foundation has provided a GCSE English and maths implementation timeline.

Ofsted has published good practice examples showing how some providers have increased provision in English and maths to meet the rising demand.

AoC West Midlands produced a guide on

funded by the DfE under the Shared Learning Grant.

The Hull College Group ensures entry qualifications have been agreed for each curriculum area level in English and maths, to allow personalised and inclusive progression through the levels in these subjects for students wanting to gain employment or move to higher education.

Ofqual has announced consultations on GCSEs and A Level resits with particular reference to the possibility of a May/June 2017 resit for GCSEs in English and maths which would mean that the 2016/2017 college cohort would not need to take the new GCSE specification from scratch in a year. 

Selby College has shared its approach to embedding English and maths in the curriculum and how this requirement was approached as a whole college.

Accrington and Rossendale College has shared some material on providing English and maths within vocational subjects, from staff development tools to guides on embedding English and maths. Visit the tools and guides section to review all their material.

Following their recent review of functional skills, Ofqual's report sets out the improvements that awarding organisations have agreed to make in order to ensure that these qualifications are high quality, and that standards are consistent. Pages 12 and 13 of the report include a table of examples of changes being made in key areas and where students, teachers and others might notice differences in the coming months. Read AoC’s response to publication of the report.

Strode College has provided guidelines and protocols for functional skills English and maths. All material from Strode College can be found in the tools and guides section.

AoC South West has produced a toolkit on contextulising English and maths into Study Programmes as well as a host of video interviews with college staff. The team has also built on their competition expertise and through their Quality and Performance Network, developed activities that are hoped to become part of a college’s teaching and learning strategy to increase motivation, raise attendance and improve success rates of reluctant students, in English and maths.