Ofsted Annual Report on Further Education and Skills

Maths and English teaching and learning in the FE sector are still not good enough - according to Ofsted.

The inspectorate’s annual report on further education and skills in England – published this week alongside the annual schools report - says that young people’s skills in maths and English remain weak and that only one in six young people who continued into the FE sector gained GCSE A*-C passes in maths and English by the age of 19.

The report also says that it is the most disadvantaged young people who have the worst experience of further education, disproportionately missing out on maths and English qualifications at the age of 16 and receiving little or poor careers advice.

Ofsted’s findings are published in the same week as the Fair Education Alliance’s report on the attainment gap between children and young people from poor and wealthy background. National Numeracy is a member of the Alliance and believes that Ofsted’s report provides additional evidence of the urgent need for an alternative to maths GCSE.