The conditions for funding for post-16 providers stipulate that students must continue to study English and maths if they have not achieved a grade 4 or above at GCSE.

Colleges and FE institutions need to be able to embed literacy and numeracy in vocational programmes and design a curriculum that engages reluctant learners. Attend this course to become better equipped and more confident to help students reach the required level in English and maths.

This Raising Attainment in Post-16 English and Maths course gives you transferable skills and provides best practice examples from institutions effectively delivering the new GCSEs and readying pupils for resitting their English and maths GCSE examinations.

Through practical and interactive sessions, learn how to motivate, engage and inspire pupils to succeed when resitting their English and maths GCSEs.

09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Achieving Outstanding Teaching and Learning

  • Explore the challenges and barriers to effective teaching of post-16 GCSE English and maths
  • Identify ways to develop an effective approach to English and maths teaching
  • Examine diverse and effective teaching approaches
  • Discuss the apprenticeship model and employment opportunities


Sonia Thomas

Regional Specialist Lead for Maths and English, Education and Training Foundation
10:45 - 11:30

Excelling in Maths Teaching

In this session, delegates will consider various success factors in post-16 maths teaching from the perspective of:

  • The practitioner
  • The learner
  • The management


Julia Smith

Maths Specialist Lead, Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region (ACER)
11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 12:30

Case Study: Raising Attainment in English

Learn best practice from Newham College, which has developed a curriculum that has achieved a high pass rate in English GCSE resits

  • Discover ways to empower learners to feel that they can achieve vital literacy skills
  • Build effective assessments in vocational subjects
  • Use stimulating environments and topics to apply literacy in context
  • Evaluate exam preparation and course delivery
  • Consider technology and social media tools to expand engagement


Katie-Jane Knight

Head of Teaching and Learning, Newham College of Further Education

Joanna Swindells

Head of Curriculum, Newham College of Further Education
12:30 - 13:15

Building Resilience and Motivation for 16-19 Learners

  • Develop academic and learning resilience for 16-19 learners
  • Examine upskilling in literacy and numeracy through policy setting to drive behaviour
  • Consider the apprenticeship model used to deliver literacy and numeracy


James Fornara

Principal, WAC Arts College
13:15 - 14:15


14:15 - 15:00

Workshop: Embed Literacy and Numeracy in Vocational Programmes

Through a series of group exercises and discussions, delegates will design a functional curriculum to meet the needs of all learners and support broader learning goals

  • Discover innovative ways to include English and maths in vocational delivery
  • Improve the capability of all teachers, trainers and support staff to help students achieve
  • Overcome cultural challenges to ensure staff and learner buy-in


Sonia Thomas

Regional Specialist Lead for Maths and English, Education and Training Foundation
15:00 - 15:15

Afternoon Break

15:15 - 16:00

Workshop: Develop Curriculum Provision with Limited Resources

The Chair will facilitate an open-class session around ways of maximising efficiency whilst maintaining high levels of attainment

  • Learn how to maximise results despite funding and workload pressures
  • Examine your current provision and identify areas for improvement
  • Effectively utilise maths and English specialists for a cross-curriculum approach


Sonia Thomas

Regional Specialist Lead for Maths and English, Education and Training Foundation
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

etc. Venues – Victoria, London

One Drummond Gate,

020 3735 8600

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Q: Can I make a provisional booking?

A: Unfortunately, we do not accept provisional bookings. Registrations are subject to our terms and conditions. View terms and conditions here

Q: Can I book without a purchase order number?

A: Yes. Simply email [email protected] after you have booked the course, with your Purchase Order Number. Please quote your order number and the course you are booked onto.

Q: Is lunch included?

A: Yes, a two-course hot buffet is served at lunch. Tea and coffee are served throughout the day.

Q: I have special dietary requirements, how can I request this?

A: Special dietary requirements can be catered for, please ensure you include this in the further information box when registering your place. If you have forgotten to add this, you can also send your requirements to [email protected] or call 0800 542 9440. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can ensure your needs are met.

Q: I have just registered for the course, when will I receive the joining instructions?

A: You will receive the joining instructions and reminders, 2 weeks, 1 week and 3 days before the course date. Please check your spam box to see whether the joining instructions were sent there, if not please call 0800 542 9440 so we can have these sent to you immediately.

Q: I can no longer attend the course, can a colleague attend in my place?

A: Substitutions may be made at any time but must be made no later than 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 0800 542 9440 or email [email protected] with the replacement's details.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: Cancellations must be received in writing 30 working days before the date of the event and will be subject to a £195+VAT administration fee. Cancellations received after this time will be subject to the full delegate fee.

Q: Why haven’t I received the speaker’s presentation?

A: Speakers presentations are sent a week after the event date. Please contact a member of the UMG team on 0800 542 9440 or [email protected] if it has been more than a week.

Q: Will there be WI-FI?

A: Yes, all our venues have the latest technology, offer full audio visual support and WI-FI.

Q: Can’t find what you are looking for?

A: Why not contact a member of the UMG team on 0800 542 9440 or email [email protected]