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Teaching of Mathematics and English in the Further Education Sector:  Working Together to Translate Policy into Practice

Spring conference 2014 - Friday, 28th Feb, University of Huddersfield

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Conference Programme

Please note:

  • Workshop options will be available to select on the conference day.
  • See Workshops for more details on each session.
Timing Sessions
10:00 Registration and Refreshments
10:25 Welcome and Introduction

David Powell
Deputy Director Consortium and HUDCETT
10:30 Keynote – The Policy Context surrounding the teaching of English and Maths in Further Education

Mark Kaczmarek
Assistant Director; FE Performance & Quality; Standards & Qualifications Unit; Vocational Education Directorate; Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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11:10 Key note – Teaching of Maths and English within Further Education: an Ofsted Perspective

Karen Adriaanse
Special Adviser (Improvement), FE and Skills, National Lead for Careers Guidance, Ofsted

The presentation will consider learners’ possible barriers to developing English and maths skills and how providers can use the Common Inspection Framework to explore how well their provision is helping their learners overcome these barriers.

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11:50 Critical dialogue space: an opportunity to discuss points raised by the two key note speakers (Note: Please ensure that you specify Maths, English or Mixed on the booking form under 'Any dietary or other requirements')
12:30 Feedback from critical dialogue discussions
12:45 Break and Refreshments
13:30 Workshops on translating policy into practice
13:30-14.10 Various rooms
14:15 Critical dialogue space: a  further opportunity to discuss points raised in the afternoon workshops (Note: Please ensure that you specify Maths, English or Mixed on the booking form under 'Any dietary or other requirements')
14:45 Feedback from critical dialogue discussions, plenary and key action points
15:00 Conference closes
15:30-16.30 Yorkshire and Humberside Maths Education Strategic Hub meeting


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Conference workshops

W1. Perspectives on literacy

Judith Kidder, Pre-Service tutor for English and Communication, University of Huddersfield

This workshop will consider a range of perspectives on literacy and evaluate strategies for managing text based activities to support the development of reading in the context of these perspectives

W2. Teaching maths within Further Education

John Barton, Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Mathematics Education Strategic Hub Maths Lead, HUDCETT and Lecturer in Maths, Selby College

This workshop will look at and unpack effective strategies for the teaching of mathematics.

W3. Embedding LLN in Initial Teacher Education courses for In-Service Trainee Teachers

Dr. Nena Skrbic,  Curriculum Area Manager for Teacher Education, Leeds City College

Developing a positive attitude towards the minimum core competencies is a major preoccupation for teacher educators. Drawing on the findings of one local study, it will explore ways of presenting the Minimum Core to trainees, with an especial focus on language and literacy competencies, and the ways in which teacher educators might exploit opportunities to do so. The workshop seeks to promote an applied rather than hypothetical understanding of this very complex document.

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W4. Embedding maths and English within the vocational curriculum

Clare Farmer,  Head of Skills for Life, Kirklees College and
Philippa Firth, Teacher Development Manager, Kirklees College

Students’ progress in English and maths should be monitored in every lesson, their work carefully marked and students should appreciate the importance of English and maths in the context of their vocational, learning goals and life ambitions (Ofsted 2014).

Embedding Functional Skills is not about delivering the English and maths qualifications.  It is recognising and planning for where you can naturally include English and maths…..and then doing it!

This workshop explores how staff may routinely fill in the boxes on schemes of work and lesson plans to acknowledge embedding Functional Skills (FS) will happen in their lesson. However, embedding FS in practice is not always a reality!

How could you plan for such opportunities?

“I always say to my children, and to other people’s children that vocational education is a wonderful thing, but the most important vocational skill is English and maths and we’ve still got to get those basics absolutely right.” said the Prime Minister on Jan 27th at the FSB conference.

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