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GCSE re-sits: moving on

Maths , English
Professional Development

An overview of maths and English GCSE re-sit results 2018 and an update on professional development opportunities to help you support your GCSE learners


Results 2018

  • Overall, more than 36,000 students aged 17 and over achieved a grade 4 or better in maths, with more than 49,000 achieving a 4 or above in English.
  • Less than a quarter of the older students resitting their maths GCSEs in England achieved at least a grade 4 this year – a fall of almost three per cent from last year.
  • The picture for English in England is better: 33 per cent of those aged 17 or above taking the exam this year passed, up 1.9 per cent on last year’s pass rate.

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Professional development

Going forward, you may be interested in CPD opportunities that can help you support your GCSE re-sit learners.

The GCSE re-sits: develop your practice (Level 5 module) from the Education and Training Foundation aims to:

  • Up-skill new or experienced teachers to lead GCSE Maths or GCSE English
  • Support practitioners working with young adults (16 -19s) who are re-taking GCSE Maths or GCSE English
  • Explore and model how to engage and motivate reluctant learners and assess their needs to build on prior learning, as well as critically examining effective practice in teaching GCSE maths or GCSE English.

For more details, to watch the course video and to book:

  • Click here for English
  • Click here for maths


If you’re looking to deliver GCSE and/or functional skills with greater confidence, you may be interested in:

  • Teaching maths at Level 2: effective practice for new and developing teachers
  • Teaching English at Level 2: effective practice for new and developing teachers


Looking for practical ideas to inspire and motivate your learners? Take a look at:

  • Engaging and motivating learners in maths
  • Engaging and motivating learners in English


Would you like to learn how to help your learners overcome their anxieties about learning and to stay on course? See:

  • Mathematical resilience: developing learners’ self-belief and perseverance
  • English resilience: developing learners’ self-belief and perseverance

Further help and advice

If the above courses are not currently running in your area and you would like to register your interest in attending and/or hosting a course, or if you would just like further information and advice, please contact Jo Byrne on 0116 233 0877 or email

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