T-Levels CPD: Maths, English and Digital

Supporting technical teachers and trainers to embed maths, English and digital skills within their technical subject teaching.

Working with our partner WMCETT, ccConsultancy designed and delivered blended maths, English and digital ‘embedded learning’ courses to support T-Level roll-out across the post-16 sector.

The aim of T Level Professional Development (TLPD) was to ensure FE and post-16 providers were T Level ready, and that technical teachers were supported to teach core English, mathematical and digital skills, which are embedded in each T Level route and pathway.

Embedded English, maths and digital skills were identified in the T Level technical education programmes as core competencies that will be assessed alongside technical skills. Consequently, technical teachers may have needed support with approaches for developing maths, English, and digital literacies with learners.

TLPD was offered as a four-part series. Each course built upon the one before, helping technical teachers identify the core and specialist English, maths and digital literacies needed in their subject specialism, and recognise that in the workplace these ‘techno mathematical literacies’ are part of everyday working life.

We designed and delivered an introductory and three subject-specific courses with customised content for early years, digital and construction T-levels. These courses supported T-Level teachers to offer the best-known support for learners’ embedded maths/English/digital development.

Our cutting-edge, creative and highly-skilled team of teacher educators/writers worked with T-Level pilot centre technical specialists to design and deliver flexible, blended-learning CPD courses, comprised of face-to-face (1-day), e-learning (FOL) and follow-up webinars.

The courses we designed were accessible either fully or partially, depending on teachers’ prior knowledge and learning requirements:

  1. A custom-built e-learning module, available through Foundation Online (FOL), provides the ‘flipped learning content’ for the face-to-face course and is also a stand-alone, self-access module for the sector.
  2. A one-day face-to-face course
  3. (Application of learning in practice)
  4. A follow-up interactive webinar

Components 1-4 above were available for the three subject-specific areas, while the introductory course was a face-to-face option only, as its focus is largely on attitudinal change, and this is best achieved face-to-face.

Overall, the difference our programme has made to the sector has been to equip future T-Level teachers to draw out and develop naturally-occurring maths/English/digital practices in their technical fields so learners can flourish in their chosen career pathways and employers/ society can benefit from their improved confidence and skills. We reached over 1000 trainees through this programme through the design and delivery of the following:

  • Introductory CPD course and webinar
  • General English CPD course + webinar
  • Construction-focussed English CPD course
  • Education-focussed English CPD course
  • Digital-focussed English CPD course
  • General Maths CPD course + webinar
  • Construction-focussed Maths CPD course
  • Education-focussed Maths CPD course
  • General Digital CPD course + webinar
  • Construction-focussed Digital CPD course
  • Education-focussed Digital CPD course
  • Digital-focussed Digital CPD course
  • Maths e-learning module (on FOL)
  • English e-learning module (on FOL)
  • Digital e-learning module (on FOL)
  • EMD through networks awareness raising course

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Feedback from participants

A sample of answers to the question: Which parts of the activity did you find most useful?

Examples of real life/ classroom activities/ sharing ideas, concerns, solutions and support.

Understanding the levels of EMD expected in T Levels and how identifying boundary tasks can demonstrate

Discussions around English, maths and digital integration and how these can be done seamlessly to support techno-mathematical literacies

Collaboration between different areas for group tasks.

Discussing the impact of the implementation of T Levels on GCSER English/functional skills.

Practical application activities – especially as a ‘non’ specialist opportunity to work with FE maths specialists.

Industry-based tasks.

Resources – online which I could use.

The entire event was very useful.

Excellent ideas for approaches to CPD and curriculum development.

Every aspect of the course is very useful and informative especially embedded English, maths and digital into vocational courses.

discussion and collaboration on tasks. Context

Looking at the overlap and differences between skills for work, leisure, college

Knowledge looking at FAB and the challenges we are facing/ may face when delivering Digital in T Levels

Talking about what contributes towards digital skills Examining how learning, work and leisure skills differ. Loved FAB

One organisation feedback to the ETF telling them that it was:

The best training they have ever received