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Shaping Success in Maths + English

Shaping Success in Maths + English

ccConsultancy have been commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to support maths and English Continuing Professional Development (CPD) via their ‘Shaping Success’ programme. The ETF are funded by the DfE to support staff in the post-16 sector.We’re offering a range of engaging blended learning courses to support your personal skills and teaching approaches, and to help you and your organisation improve outcomes in maths and English.  Take a look at what’s on offer. If you have any queries, please get in touch with your Regional Specialist Lead. We look forward to working with you!

This has been the best training I have done whilst being in lockdown.

I think I will incorporate aspects of the delivery as well as the resources throughout my practice.

What this course has given me is a reminder of why I teach and how much I love it. I’m always trying to think of new ways to make my lessons more engaging and this course has really helped me to do so.

Really great session – very fired up now!

You have opened my eyes to how important maths is.

Courses

The blended learning courses shown below are a great opportunity to collaborate and network with other providers, or you may like to run one in-house just for your own staff.  All of these courses are offered at a heavily subsidised rate. For full details of pricing and to book, please see our course booking form

Attendance & Motivation


Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown and research this practical course will focus on how to engage and motivate learners to attend, and remain on, maths courses and will include supporting learners remotely and issues surrounding resilience and self-efficacy. The course will support practitioners to help learners with maths anxiety and recognise and address cognitive overload with strategies to support these issues.
Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course will focus on how to engage and motivate learners to attend and remain on English courses and will include supporting learners remotely and issues surrounding resilience and self-efficacy. The course will support practitioners to use innovative approaches to engage learners in reading and writing, drawing on recent practitioner research findings (from OTLA 6). Download the flyer. Watch this short video explaining the course. Click here for more information and how to book

Vocational/ Technical


Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown this course will support technical and vocational tutors, trainers and assessors to identify naturally occurring opportunities to develop learners’ maths skills which are needed for them to successfully complete their study programme, apprenticeship or vocational/ technical course. Approaches will incorporate lessons learnt from lockdown. Download the flyer. Watch this short video explaining the course. Click here for more information and how to book

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown this course will support technical and vocational tutors, trainers and assessors to identify naturally occurring opportunities to develop learners’ English skills which are needed for them to successfully complete their study programme, apprenticeship or vocational/ technical course. Download the flyer. Click here for more information and how to book

English


Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course will draw on best practice approaches to engage learners in reading for work, study and pleasure, in order that they can improve their confidence to respond to texts in class and during assessments. The course will consider reading at word, sentence and text levels and will include ‘whole text’ approaches that can be used with learners to develop a range of reading skills. Download the flyer. Watch this short video explaining the course. Click here for more information and how to book

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course will draw on best practice approaches to develop writing skills to produce coherent and cohesive texts which respond effectively to: examination and occupational tasks; reading questions and transactional and creative writing tasks. Download the video. Watch this short video explaining the course.  Click here for more information and how to book

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown this course explores the principles and practices that underpin the Post-16 Phonics Toolkit. Participants will discuss the benefits and challenges of using phonics-based teaching and then explore the key concepts, terminology, skills progression and teaching approaches presented in the Toolkit. Download the flyer. Click here for more information and how to book

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course focuses on developing learners’ speech, language and communication (SpLC) skills for maths and English teaching and learning. There is also a specific focus on supporting SEND and neuro-diverse learners. Download the flyer. Click here for more information and how to book

Maths


Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown and research the course aims to investigate some of the ‘basic’ skills which are vital to learner’s maths understanding. This course will support practitioners to consider practical teaching approaches to support their learners in the limited time they have with learners. The sessions will look particularly at the maths skills which are often seen as ‘basic’ but that many learners have not learned effectively. Download the flyer. Click here for more information and how to book

This course will investigate the maths topics learners find challenging and consider strategies to support learning. Informed by what we have learnt from lockdown, a range of resources and best practice approaches will be discussed. We will also look at how to encourage learners to rethink problems and secure their learning through tackling problems. Download the video. Watch this short video explaining the course.  Click here for more information and how to book

Informed throughout by lessons learnt from lockdown practitioners will have the opportunity to discuss and engage with strategies to support their learners to be more successful with both GCSE and Functional Skills maths. This includes tackling problem-solving questions, keeping learners motivated and looking at some of the key issues as to why supporting learners to re-sit successfully can be so challenging. Download the flyer. Click here for more information and how to book

Digital


Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown this course explores a range of digital approaches, e-learning tools and websites for use in teaching Functional Maths and English. It aims to give participants an opportunity to widen their perspectives on how teachers can use digital technology to engage and support learners both in the classroom and in the development of blended learning. Download the flyer. Watch this short video explaining the course.  Click here for more information and how to book

Supporting ESOL learners


Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course aims to support teachers of GCSE and Functional Skills English who have ESOL learners in their groups and need to ensure their approaches are inclusive and prepare all learners, including ESOL, to make progress. Download the flyer. Click here for more information and how to book

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course aims to investigate the importance of language in developing numeracy/maths skills and to develop strategies to support ESOL learners with their maths learning. Download the flyer. Click here for more information and how to book

Integrating the development of English skills within vocational programmes has now become both an established support model and a key indicator of high-quality teaching across the curriculum; ESOL learners have particular support needs in terms of both spoken and written English. This one-day course sets out to explore how practitioners working with ESOL learners can meet those needs through a range of embedded teaching strategies. Download the flyer. Click here for more information and how to book

SEND and Neurodiversity


Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course focuses on practical strategies and reasonable adjustments for supporting learners with SEND on maths and English courses. It builds on the social model of disability, suggesting that it may be the barriers created by attitudes, or the physical environment, that disable an individual, rather than their impairment or condition. Download the flyer. Watch this short video explaining the course.  Click here for more information and how to book

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course focuses on supporting differentiation on maths and English courses, in terms of learners’ prior knowledge and experience of their subject, through non-linear curriculum planning and meeting the needs of learners with different levels of self-belief and resilience. Download the flyer. Click here for more information and how to book

Functional Skills


Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course will help participants to develop a range of strategies to help learners studying for Functional Skills English level 1 and level 2. The course focuses on the key areas which examiners and tutors have identified as being areas learners find more challenging. The course will use a range of everyday texts, as used in the examinations, to explore how to develop learners reading and writing skills. Download the flyer.  Watch this short video explaining the course. Click here for more information and how to book

This course will introduce you to a variety of contextual materials and activities that may be used to develop learners’ Functional Skills maths abilities. You will be supported to identify how and why context matters and enable you to plan and design differentiated, inclusive Functional Skills maths sessions. Consideration will be taken of the EPGs for assessment and tracking and how to support learners to tackle assessment questions in order to achieve Functional Skills maths outcomes. Download the flyerWatch this short video explaining the course. Click here for more information and how to book

CPD YouTube Channel

Check out our CPD YouTube Channel for videos introducing all of our courses

Specialist Courses

The specialist customised courses shown below are offered at heavily subsidised rate. You’ll have the opportunity to work with one of the Regional Specialist Leads both before and after the course, and we’ll help you identify how you can address any issues your organisation may be facing. For full details of pricing and to book inhouse courses, please see our course booking form

GCSE re-sits: develop your practice (Level 5 module)


This L5 CPD course supports practitioners working with GCSE English learners, especially those who have achieved lower than a grade C/5 at school. You will explore/experience how to engage and motivate learners and undertake assessment to build on your prior learning. You will experience digital approaches and other effective practices for leading GCSE English courses. Past delegates say the course was ‘exemplary & inspiring’ with ‘excellent, highly knowledgeable trainers’. Download the flyer. Click here for more information and how to book

For further infromation about the GCSE re-sits: develop your practice (Level 5 module) English course details please follow this link.

This L5 CPD course supports practitioners working with GCSE maths learners, especially those who have achieved lower than a grade C/ 5 at school. You will explore and experience how to engage and motivate learners and undertake assessment throughout the learner journey to build on prior learning. You will experience digital approaches and other effective practices for leading GCSE maths courses. Past delegates found the course ‘inspirational’, ‘excellent’, ‘world class’. Download the flyer. Click here for more information and how to book

For futher information about the GCSE re-sits: develop your practice (Level 5 module) maths course details please follow this link.

Teaching Functional Skills Level 5 CPD module


This course is aimed at both new teachers of Functional Skills English, and those already teaching but possibly recently transferred from other areas, including vocational teachers and assessors. It is particularly suitable for those who do not currently hold a subject-specific teaching qualification in English. It is designed to meet the needs of all parts of the sector, including independent training providers, offender learning and adult and community education. Download the flyerClick here for more information and how to book

For further infromation about the Teaching Functional Skills English Level 5 course details please follow this link.

This is aimed at both new teachers of Functional Skills maths and those already teaching but possibly recently transferred from other areas, including vocational teachers and assessors. It is particularly suitable for those who do not currently hold a specific teaching qualification in maths. It is designed to meet the needs of all parts of the sector, including independent training providers, FE colleges, offender learning and adult and community education. Download the flyerClick here for more information and how to book

For futher information about the Teaching Functional Skills Maths Level 5 course details please follow this link.

Bespoke Courses

Bespoke courses are specially designed ‘in-house blended learning courses’ that aim to meet the specific CPD needs of your organisation. Where several organisations have discussed or suggested similar training needs or requirements, individual bespoke courses may also be converted into ‘open, bookable courses’, enabling collaborative CPD and a shared exploration of specific areas of teaching, learning and assessment practice.   Just simply let us know what you need on our course booking form and we will be in touch.

Intervention Packages

A bespoke model of review and support for providers for maths and English provision offering services such as:

• Observation and feedback

• Team planning

• Team teaching

This would require an initial meeting to determine the needs of the organisation and identify the ‘topic area’ (i.e. attendance, tracking and differentiation…) and for the consultant to recommend what the rest of the ‘package’ might look like. Following this could be a determined number of days working on the above plus day(s) of training.

Further Help + Information

For further advice on professional development opportunities in maths and English, please contact your Regional Specialist Lead

You may also like to take a look at the CPD opportunities available at Foundation Online Learning

Meet the team

Meet the team!

Click on the images below to read more about the core members of the ccC team.

We also work with a host of skilled associates across the variety of our programmes and projects.

Chloë

Chloë Hynes

Creative Development Officer

BA (hons) Performance + New Media with Fine Art

MA Performance Practice

PGCE (Post Compulsory Education + Training)

CELTA

Currently completing:

BA (hons) English Literature + Language

Biography


Before I retrained as an ESOL teacher, my experience in non-compulsory learning environments was varied: art at a summer camp, drama at an LGBT+ camp, craft projects at youth hostels, EfL summer schools and life classes at hen parties!

I originally envisioned myself working within HE, however the more experience I gained in FE, the more I fell in love with its diversity and holistic values.

Now I get the opportunity to collaborate with, support and champion other practitioners and as such, I feel I have found my fit in FE. I’m particularly passionate about amplifying practitioner voices via PDN and developing the digital literacies of learners of any age or stature!

My specialisms are: art, drama, ESOL, English and digital. I have QTLS and I’m currenrtly undertaking the ATS (Advanced Teacher Status) process.

Whilst my generic job title is ‘Creative Development Officer’, I have many roles and responsibilities on our different projects, including: project officer, social media + comms officer, project lead (PDN), resource design, trainer, curriculum design and mentor.



Something Personal


I volunteer for my second family NATECLA as Chair for the NorthWest branch and as a member of their Management Council.

We live in Liverpool with our 2 cats Ripley and Nancy, and our baby girl Artemis.

I’m passionate about the rights of refugees, women and girls and the LGBT community.


Get in touch with Chloë if:

  • You’re a practitioner who would like to write for the PDN blog, submit a video to the PDN Youtube or would like to share something for the PDN mailout.
  • You’re interested in attending the Screenskills, ESOL or practitioner research forums.
  • You need information about marketing (inc branding), our website or social media.

Equality and Diversity statement

Our Values

More information to follow, soon!


Jo

Claire

Claire Collins

Managing Director

Biography


Claire started her career teaching English in Poland and Greece before the lure of ESOL practice drew her back to the UK in the late 1990s. She honed her craft teaching adult ESOL and literacy, then supporting learners’ and other teachers’ English development in all its various forms, including Key, then Functional Skills, GCSEs, and English embedded in vocational and technical areas. Claire now heads up national professional development and action research programmes across the FE sector, with prison, FE, ACL and work-based learning teams. She also leads projects in the creative and media industries, alongside initiatives focussing on adult literacy and digital literacy learning.

Claire also has a keen interest in digital literacy and leads for CCC on equality, diversity and inclusion.

Claire is the production editor for the RaPAL network, which focuses on adult literacies as social practices.



Something personal


I love spending my time outside; walking, playing ping pong (in any weather!), and cycling … I live by the coast and, having grown up in landlocked Birmingham, being close to the sea is a source of constant joy.


Get in touch with Claire if:

You would like to know more about a project CCC is involved with or if you’d like to talk about working with CCC as a partner.

Professional Learning

Professional Learning

We offer professional learning and development in a range of areas, including: train the trainers (in teaching, learning & assessment approaches); and personal/ pedagogical CPD in English, maths and digital literacies.


Shaping Success in Maths + English

on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF)


Train the Trainer courses

(in the context of screen industries) for ScreenSkills

If you’re interested in L3/ L5 accreditation in maths and English, please visit this page.

Practitioner Research

Practitioner-led Action Research

We have led national practitioner research programmes in England since 2014. Our programmes aim to support teachers, trainers, support workers and managers from post-16 learning providers to:

  • develop rigorous, transferable action research approaches that inspire sustained professional development for all practitioners in the sector; and
  • generate learner-friendly strategies and resources that address critical issues in current post-16 provision. 

For 2020/ 2021, in partnership with That Reading Thing and The SfL Network, our team of research facilitators and subject specialist mentors are supporting 36 action research projects focussing on English and maths on behalf of The Education and Training Foundation. Together, they will establish teaching approaches and research methodologies with learners that help them to make progress in English and maths. Practitioners are working on study programmes, apprenticeships, adult courses, secure estates programmes and support ESOL learners/ learners with SEND/LDD.  

Our collective aim this year is to support English and maths practitioners and providers to gain a broader and deeper understanding of what works, for whom and why.

Find out more about previous practitioner research programmes by selecting the titles to the right.

  • PLAR 1

    Working with a team from emCETT, we provided blended support through the practitioner–led action research programme to 63 practitioners or groups of practitioners from organisations, reflecting the diversity of the education and training sector across England.

  • PLAR 2

    Working with a team from emCETT, we supported 63 providers through the Education and Training Foundation’s Practitioner Research Programme to to undertake practitioner–led action research.

  • OTLA 3

    As part of OTLA Phase 3, working in the NE of England and Cumbria, practitioner-led action research took place with a focus on attainment, retention and progression. Thirteen projects took place,  involving 42 providers and over 200 practitioners from colleges, adult and community learning, offender learning, third sector and independent training providers.

  • OTLA 4 (digital)

    In 2018, we supported action research projects focussing on digital practices in post-16 contexts, working with our partners the Newcastle College Group. 19 organisations collaborated across 5 projects on topics as diverse as ‘unlocking social capital to support outcomes in maths and English’ to ‘engaging staff with using digital technology within teaching, learning and assessment’.

  • OTLA 6 (English)

    This was the sixth phase of OTLA (Outstanding, Teaching, Learning and Assessment) projects funded by the Education and Training Foundation. Twelve projects researched new approaches for teaching English in the post-16 sector.

  • OTLA 7 (English and Maths)

    This is the seventh phase of OTLA (Outstanding, Teaching, Learning and Assessment) projects funded by the Education and Training Foundation. 36 projects are researching approaches for teaching English and Maths in the post-16 sector.