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.


We have set a new level of ambition for the sector for the attainment of maths and English for post-16 learners so that any young person without a good pass in GCSE at age 16 … should be supported to achieve this.

(DBIS, 2014, p4)

As can be seen from the above quote, the teaching and/or embedding of English and maths is now a major concern for the FE and skills sector, and institutions are rising to meet the demands of the new conditions of funding. Consequently, the professional development needs of many teachers is changing and some are uncomfortable with, and even anxious about, moving into teaching subjects they perhaps weren't trained for.

This book, then, is aimed at teachers at all levels in the sector. ...

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