Research and analysis

Improving engagement and attainment in maths and English courses

Summary of 23 behavioural science interventions which aimed to improve participation and completion of maths and English courses.


Annex A: encouraging participation and persistence in adult literacy and numeracy

Annex B: basic skills in workplaces – a behavioural insights perspective


The report looks at intervention projects based in further education colleges, workplaces and the community.

Annex A provides an overview of research that has been conducted in the areas of adult literacy and numeracy (ALN) and behavioural sciences.

Annex B uses behavioural science to examine the reasons why employers and their employees do not invest in basic skills training.

The research is accompanied by a practical guide to implementing the insights. It is available on the Behavioural Insights Team website.

Published 27 February 2018
Last updated 4 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated figure 9, showing the effects of study supporters on the mid-year and full-year attendance of students, and its explanatory text.

  2. First published.