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You'll see that the latest guidance from the Education and Skills Funding Agency states that full time students starting their study programme who have a grade 3 or D GCSE or equivalent qualification in maths and/or English must be enrolled on a GCSE, rather than an approved stepping stone qualification.

See the article below for further details and to access the full guidance document.

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Calling all those teaching, training or researching Adult Numeracy/Maths
The next edition of the RaPAL journal (the journal of Research and Practice in Adult Literacies) will focus on numeracy learning and teaching from a social practice perspective. The RaPAL team would like to hear from numeracy and mathematics tutors, literacy tutors who incorporate numeracy into their classes, ESOL tutors who use everyday maths to help develop language skills, those researching mathematics learning and teaching, or anyone with a strong interest in sharing their numeracy practice.

Condition of funding on provision of English and mathematics in 2017 to 2018
The latest guidance from the Education and Skills Funding Agency states that full time students starting their study programme who have a grade 3 or D GCSE or equivalent qualification in maths and/or English must be enrolled on a GCSE, rather than an approved stepping stone qualification.

ESOL delivery in the secure estate
Thursday 11 May 2017, BVSC: The Centre for Voluntary Action, Birmingham. The aim of this free event is to share the findings of the first year of the three year Improving Language, Improving Lives project. The project aims to enhance ESOL screening and provision delivery in prisons by working with tutors, prison staff and learners to develop and pilot an ESOL screening tool and a Citizens' Curriculum ESOL course.

New agency to provide joined-up education and skills funding
The Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency have merged to become one body. The new, single funding agency - to be called the Education and Skills Funding Agency - will sit within the Department for Education and begin to operate from April 2017.

New two tier GCSE pass grade
The Secretary of State for Education has outlined arrangements for reporting on the new GCSEs. The new qualifications will be graded 9-1 instead of A*-G, with 9 the highest grade. A grade 4 will be deemed a standard pass and a grade 5 a strong pass.

Ofqual Blog: the new maths GCSE
Ofqual's blog reports on a recent meeting with maths teachers about the new 9-1 GCSE, in which they explain about grade boundary setting, ensuring fairness between cohorts and across both tiers

World Book Night
World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books which takes place on 23 April every year. Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those who don't regularly read, and are gifted through organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals who give out their own books within their communities.

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