Engaging learners in GCSE maths and English

In November 2014, the Education and Training Foundation commissioned and funded NIACE (the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education) to carry out research to explore why learners leave school without GCSE grade A*-C in maths and/or English. The overall aim of the research was to contribute to an evidence base to support the Foundation in its work to upskill the FE workforce and increase the number of young people gaining Level 2 maths and English.

The project adopted a practitioner research approach to capture learner voice on attitudes towards learning maths and English and how learners feel they could have been supported more effectively. This approach proved highly effective in enabling practitioners to gain a deeper understanding of learners’ individual needs and learning journeys in relation to maths and English. NIACE has therefore included the guidance documents and research tools developed for practitioner researchers in Appendix 1 of this report, in order that other providers can carry out their own practitioner research to gather learner voice and inform their future work and delivery.