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Strategic Consultation: Mathematics and English.

Principal focus of the project

The main aim of this project was to examine the research evidence on the teaching of English and maths, and consult stakeholders such as practitioners and leaders about its practice, with a particular emphasis on the post-16 sector. The key areas explored were: pressing challenges and strengths in the approach to and delivery of English and maths; the interventions likely to help practitioners overcome challenges; evidence to provide a basis on which the ETF could secure, test and disseminate effective innovations at scale.

What is this about and what were the main findings?

Research on both English and maths consistently highlighted that knowing rules and practising their application is not enough to equip learners with the skills and understanding required for advancement and success. In both domains, researchers identified affective elements such as motivation and persistence as important aspects of post 16 learning. Structured dialogue, thinking about the processes and understanding the underlying principles were also common features of the research in both domains.

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Philippa Cordingley - CUREE

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A report examining the research evidence on the teaching of English and maths, for the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) by the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE) and the East Midlands Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (emCETT).

Resource Type: Research report
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