The 16 to 19 study programmes for all young people of this age group, apart from apprentices, require that all students without a GCSE at grade C or above in English and/or mathematics should continue to study these subjects. This has been a condition of funding for each of these students since September 2014.
Most providers have, therefore, had to cater for a considerable increase in the number of students requiring provision in English and mathematics.
These case studies describe how four general further education colleges tackled this issue through thorough strategic planning. They have adopted very different, but successful, approaches to building their staff capacity and creating a culture where all staff are motivated to support their students and all students are keen to develop their skills in English and mathematics.