• GCSE resits 2018: maths results are down but English is up

    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, though: 33 per cent of those aged 17 or above taking the exam this

    9.30 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • GCSE maths resits: 2018 results

    Here are the 2018 GCSE maths results for all students in the UK, aged 17 and over, and the trends in grades and number of entries since 2014.  GCSE grades, maths, age 17+ (2014-2018)   GCSE entries, maths, age 17+ (2014-2018)     Here are the GCSE English resit results for 2018. Thanks to Education

    10.04 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | Bulletin

  • Extra £500 per learner through maths teaching pilot

    Providers in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country will be given an extra £500 per learner for post-16 maths teaching, in a pilot announced today by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. It will test three different approaches to using the funding, to assess which is most effective at improving results for

    11.06 May. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Who will run the FE centres of excellence for maths?

    The autumn budget brought with it a commitment from the government to invest £40 million in new further education centres of excellence for maths. FE Week looks at where these new maths hubs might be built. Plans to spend money to address the government’s forced GCSE resits policy were widely welcomed last week, including the

    13.00 Dec. 2nd, 2017 | News

  • What should the maths component of T-levels look like?

    Much expert research and development has already been carried out into maths in technical education – let’s not reinvent the wheel, advises Paul Glaister The post-16 skills plan refers to a “common core”, “specialisation” and “digital skills requirements”, but what should the maths content of each of these look like? Anyone that chooses to answer

    11.00 Nov. 1st, 2017 | Opinion

  • Smith review calls for rethink on GCSE maths resit policy

    The government’s controversial policy on post-16 GCSE resits should be rethought, according to the author of a new government-commissioned review out today. However, Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s plea was quickly rejected by the Department for Education. Prof Smith made the recommendation in his long-awaited review of post-16 mathematics, first announced in the March 2016 budget,

    12.23 Jul. 20th, 2017 | News

  • ‘Golden hello’ maths teacher recruitment drive flops

    A major government scheme that aimed to recruit more than 500 specialist maths teachers at colleges has accepted just 13 participants in its first year, FE Week can reveal. Former skills minister Matthew Hancock announced in February 2014 that up to £20 million would be made available to encourage the “brightest and the best” to

    14.32 Apr. 28th, 2017 | News

  • Decision to retain forced maths and English GCSE resits ‘extremely’ disappointing

    A government move to continue insisting on widespread GCSE maths and English resits – through the heavily criticised condition of funding rule – has left sector bosses “extremely disappointed”. All 16 to 18-year-old students with a near-pass (previously grade D, now grade three) GCSE in the subjects have since August 2015 had to continue studying

    12.35 Apr. 10th, 2017 | News

  • GCSEs vs functional skills: which English and maths resits should your students take?

    When only one per cent of E-grade students pass their maths GCSE on resit, why are they not sitting functional skills instead? Bill Watkin describes an alternative, win-win scenario. Every 16-year-old who has not achieved a C-grade or higher in their GCSE maths or English by the end of Year 11 must now continue in

    13.00 Sep. 11th, 2016 | Opinion