This book is a guide for all teachers in the FE and Skills Sector, regardless of their discipline. It explores how FE teachers can address the mathematics and English needs of all learners, to redress the skills gap that is a current focus. The text explores what works in the sector, examining the barriers to learning and how all learners can be included. It takes a focused look at what works for the vocational learners who have not succeeded in a school setting, and supports you to tackle the problems of low motivation in learners.

Policy and Context

Policy and context

This Chapter

This chapter explores policy concerns of English and maths in recent years and illustrates some of the changes that have impacted on teaching and learning in the sector, such as the need for all 16–19-year-olds to continue to work towards a minimum requirement, and the implications this has for many vocational teachers. For instance, in the Further Education and Skills Inspection handbook of 2016 (Ofsted, 2016, p45), the Ofsted framework for FE states that providers will be judged inadequate (grade 4) if their students are not developing English, mathematics, ICT or employability skills adequately to equip them for their future progression.

This chapter will support you to understand:

  • Where are we now?
  • The international scene.
  • Policy overview.
  • The Wolf report.
  • Employability.
  • Apprenticeships and vocational learning.
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