Making maths and English work for all Miranda Pye – Director www.pyetait.com/jointheconvo Objective Rationale: GCSE is a recognised brand. As many young people as possible - the chance to take and achieve GCSE maths and English, at grade C or above, at 16 or shortly thereafter. Re-taking GCSEs is not appropriate for everyone. Alternative routes are needed. Objective Driver: Adults (working age) in England functioning at below Grade C GCSE (adult numeracy) : 2003 - 74% 2011 - 78% UK is mediocre in comparison with other countries (OECD survey) 16-24 age group - UK came 21st out of 24 industrialised countries. Joining the convo … Making maths and English work for all Publicised via a dedicated online portal: www.pyetait.com/jointheconvo Tweet using Dedicated e-mail: [email protected] Methodology Detailed of pertinent literature, including: via: • • • • Online surveys (x2) Semi-structured interviews Face-to-face workshops Webinars Getting involved Employers: www.pyetait.com/mmewemployers Stakeholders/practitioners: www.pyetait.com/maths&english The surveys will close on Tuesday 24th February 2015. • 23rd February (2pm – 3pm) – Webinar • 24th February (1pm – 3pm) – Workshop – Manchester Conference Centre • 26th February 2 webinars 10am – 11am AND 2pm – 3pm • 27th February (10.15am – 11.15am) – Webinar – hosted by the Federation of Awarding Bodies • 27th February (2pm – 3pm) – Webinar Key questions (1) 1. Is re-sitting maths and/or English GCSEs the best way to boost skills to a level equivalent to A*-C? 2. What are the alternatives to re-taking GCSE maths and/or English? 3. Do non-GCSE maths and English qualifications help people meet employers’ maths and English skills needs? Are nonGCSEs an effective way to accredit maths and English skills? Key questions (2) 1. Do Functional Skills cover the skills that employers are looking for? 2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of Functional Skills qualifications? 3. Is there a need for a NEW qualification designed to help people boost their maths and/or English skills? How would this be structured and assessed? 4. Are qualifications the only way to boost maths and/or English skills to a level equivalent to GCSE A*-C? Key question What changes would you like to see from the national review of maths and English?