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English and maths, BASE and the year that was.

With just a few short weeks left in 2023, many students, teachers and leaders will begin to reflect on the year that was. With the rise of artificial intelligence in education, introduction of ‘Maths to 18’ and a large increase in students resitting English and maths in 2023/24, the year has certainly been eventful.


Here at The BASE Project, it’s been hugely rewarding to see the impact the team have had across Further Education in the North-East, Yorkshire and Humberside, as well as the work our professional development leads have completed to support teachers and leaders in 2023 (and in 2024 and 2025).


Let’s take a look at our year in numbers:

In January, we began a partnership with the first colleges to join the project and completed initial training, before our February session at the Association of Colleges English and maths conference in London. This was a fantastic opportunity to share the aims of the project, the support we offer and the solutions we’re able to share with colleges around the many challenges of English and maths.


Since then, we’ve collaborated with the best minds in FE English and maths to continue to craft our offer, meaning that we’re able to offer the very best professional development and support through in-person and online training, as well as our innovative, unique platform (which supports students to identify their own progress and next steps, as well as providing a rich library of resources for teachers and leaders).

A successful year to be proud of, it has not been without challenge. With the significant increase in the number of students in the 16-19 English and maths resit cohort (with some colleges seeing rises of 50% - 60% or more in resit student numbers), the number of students the BASE project supports has also increased.

As with so much of English and maths in Further Education, the relationships and connections made throughout 2023 have been enormously rewarding. In working with hundreds of practitioners, and thousands of students, we’ve been able to see the real difference that the project can have through our unique Learning Nutrition approach. Whether through delivering sector leading, sustainable training in assessment for learning, behaviour management, individualisation or the many other training themes the project offers, the difference being made to the lives of young people in education has been evident at all times. Through also celebrating student success with high quality, empathy driven praise, our personalised resources have made the difference.


In fully recognising the power of individualisation and inclusion, we work closely with our partner colleges to ensure that our offer is crafted to the needs of students, teachers and leaders across each setting.  


We’re also excited to host our first in-person event in March 2024: with an opening keynote from Baroness Floella Benjamin, as well as sessions filled with innovation and invention from our professional development team and experts from across the sector, tickets will be available very soon. The event will also welcome several of our trusted industry partners, showcasing the exceptional support available in the FE space. From awarding organisations such as Eduqas, AQA, Ascentis and City and Guilds, to organisations dedicated to supporting teacher and leader recruitment such as Dovetail and Slate, and tutoring and unique resources in Get Further and DayDream Education, the event promises true innovation, at all levels. 


To find out more about The BASE Project, a project dedicated to supporting students, teachers and leaders in Further Education English and maths throughout the North-East, Yorkshire and Humberside, check out our website, here. With a library of DfE funded tools and resources to support all progress and achievement, and a focus on supporting high-quality, impactful teaching and supporting self-efficacy in students, get in touch to learn more about the exceptional work being completed by our team, comprised of former English and maths teachers and leaders, with proven strategies to boost achievement, cut workload and support every teacher.


Whatever 2024 brings, we can’t wait to work with yet more colleges in the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside. With limited places remaining on the project, get in touch now with the BASE Team, here.

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