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Do take a look at the update and information below on the the revised subject content for Functional skills English and Functional Skills maths.

You'll see that there is a new Professional Development Programme for Advanced Practitioners. On offer are: a 3-day, part residential CPD programme; the opportunity to bid for one of six consortium projects (10K of funding + specialist support); the chance to join a community of practice for Advanced Practitioners and to receive a toolkit of resources. To find out more and register your interest, see the article below.

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Resources

SEND: Sources of Support toolkit

SEND: Sources of Support toolkit
A new free resource has been launched for IAG providers and teaching staff. SEND: Sources of Support, aims to help learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) fulfil their ambitions and aspirations.

Training

Supporting the Teaching of Functional Skills: two day customised course

Supporting the Teaching of Functional Skills: two day customised course
This two day CPD course, which is customised to address your organisation's priorities for Functional Skills, will help you develop an action plan to facilitate change and will enable your team to collectively plan and design differentiated, inclusive Functional maths and English programmes.

News

Adult learners of English and maths: longitudinal survey
This research aimed to provide a better understanding of learners' experiences of adult English and maths courses in terms of skills gain, confidence and other life circumstances such as employment.

Advanced Maths Premium aims to open more doors for young people
Schools Standards Minister Nick Gibb and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Elizabeth Truss have announced the Advanced Maths Premium, a new fund to help schools and colleges increase the number of students studying maths after GCSE.

Blended and face-to-face adult learning: research report
This report, from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, describes a randomised control trial (RCT) into the relative effectiveness of face-to-face compared to blended learning for adult English and maths learning.

Improving engagement and attainment in maths and English courses
This report provides a summary of 23 behavioural science interventions which aim to improve participation and completion of maths and English courses.

Maths and English functional skills: revised subject content
The Government response to the consultation on the revised subject content has been published, along with the revised subject content for Functional skills English and Functional Skills maths.

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