The use of a ‘Learning Study’ Approach in the project ‘Activities for supporting maths and English learners’
North Tyneside Council, Northumberland County Council, HMP Northumberland, Darlington Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council and Springboard (Sunderland)
Evidence of improvement in learners’ achievements, retention and progression.
Keeping learners engaged and motivated is key to retaining individuals on course especially for lower level learners.
The learners really enjoyed the activities and this can only help to motivate them to continue with their learning. The activities are current and purposeful; learners were able to see the direct link from maths and English to everyday life.
One organisation compared groups being taught using the new approaches with groups who were not part of the project and found:
- Better attendance with OTLA projects (11% for English and 14% for maths) as learners saw the sessions as more interactive and fun.
- Achievement rates were the same with both groups.
- Progression rates were better on OTLA projects with lower level adult groups as some of the learners enjoyed the sessions and saw the relevance so moved on from E2 to E3 (overall 22% for maths and English).
One teacher gathered feedback from learners about the activities:
Paul: “It was relevant to what we do and it can only help me”.
Grant: “I liked how we did things that can visibly help us in the long term, I hate doing stuff that’s pointless”.
When I asked the learners what they felt that they had actually learned this morning they clearly stated:
Paul: “I know how to fill in the reflections now for my portfolio without thinking I’ll look stupid.”
Grant: “Writing my reflections was good but I feel more confident with being able to use joining words too.”