Evaluation of Embedding contextualisation in English and Maths GCSE post-16 teaching [completed]

NIESR was an independent evaluator of a pilot intervention called ‘Embedding contextualisation in English and Maths GCSE teaching’. It trained English and Maths teachers to use real life and vocational contexts and examples in their teaching, to emphasise the relevance of studies to the future careers of students re-sitting GCSE English and/or Maths.

The evaluation found limited increases in the use of contextualised learning in the classroom. It was therefore difficult to assess whether the intervention had an impact on outcomes like retention and attainment. The intervention helped to raise the profile of contextualisation among teachers and senior leaders, however teachers reported concerns about the challenge of applying contextualised knowledge to a non-contextualised GCSE exam.

The pilot was funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) as part of a joint initiative with J.P. Morgan to explore how to improve outcomes for disadvantaged 16- to 18-year-old students who achieve below a grade 4 in GCSE English or maths.

Output

The NIESR evaluation report can be found here. The EEF project page is here

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