MEI is to play a major role in a new project, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), to investigate the impact of the effective use of contextualisation in the teaching and learning of resit GCSE English and Mathematics.
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), working in partnership with MEI, will deliver a programme of support for post-16 vocational learning providers, including resources and professional development. Following a pilot year, the impact of the programme will be tested more fully with 100 post-16 provider settings.
Mike Cox, AELP’s Business Development Director, said:
I am really excited that EEF have given us the opportunity to build on earlier work that we have done for DfE with our partners MEI, on delivering English and maths GCSEs in the context of how they are applied in the workplace. For the initial pilot phase we will work with a small number of providers to support them to embrace a contextual delivery mind-set to reinforce maths and English learning and show how it is applied in real working situations. It will involve not only maths and English practitioners, but the whole provider.
Charlie Stripp, MEI’s Chief Executive, said:
We are delighted with this news and are looking forward to working with the EEF and AELP. Resit GCSE Mathematics and/or English students often lack confidence these subjects and may be reluctant to continue to study them. We believe effective use of contexts can help these young people to appreciate the relevance they have to their lives, and that this can increase their motivation and engagement, leading to deeper and more sustained understanding. This is a marvellous opportunity to test these ideas on a large scale, and has the potential to reach many more providers.