The latest update on the Centre for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) in Further Education (FE) colleges project has been published on the Education and Training Foundation website.
Student outcomes in mathematics are of increasing importance to individuals, colleges and society as successive governments seek to ensure that the UK workforce has sufficient quantitative skills for an increasingly data-driven and technology-rich future. There is a growing expectation that young people continue their mathematics education post-16 and the condition of funding for FE colleges requires all students who fell short of a grade 4 GCSE at 16 to retake or work towards retaking the examination. The number of GCSE mathematics resit students has therefore grown significantly in the last few years yet many students have difficulties in improving their grades. The DfE has funded the Centres for Excellence in Mathematics (CfEM) programme to address concerns in this area.
The project is led by Professors Geoff Wake and Andy Noyes and colleagues in the Centre for Research in Mathematics Education.
The latest update explains the trial activities focussing on teaching for mastery.
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