Proficiency in Maths and English is vital for anyone who wants good qualifications or decent, paid work. For example, to take A Levels or go to university, you’ll almost certainly need GCSEs in Maths and English. And it’s a requirement for getting practically any job too.

At the College of Haringey Enfield and North East London (CONEL) we run an annual maths and English fortnight where we focus on these key subjects and give learners opportunities to explore them beyond their usual curriculum and acquire new skills. This year’s fortnight ran from 13-24 January 2020 and during it our Enrichment team held a number of workshops for students.

During an English creative writing session our students got an insight into what creative writing is and how to develop their own creative writing skills. Based on an English language paper that was relevant to their classes, the session encouraged learners to explore their creativity and broke-down step-by-step how to write a story. The students used objects and pictures to tap into their imagination and worked in groups to form ideas. .

The maths workshop aimed to teach students the subject through the use of African art and music. The session gave students a different perspective on maths and how they can solve problems by using drums and images to count and create memory prompts for maths methods. The students were very active during the lesson and were encouraged by their tutor throughout.

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Organiser and Learner Engagement Officer, Louise Webber, said “The students were really engaged in all the sessions.

“Maths and English are both such vital skills in day to day life as well as being a requirement when applying for most jobs. During Maths and English fortnight we aim to help our learners develop new skills that they can use throughout the year as they aim to get their qualifications in the summer.”

The benefits of having Maths and English skills

Having a strong grounding in Maths and English is vital for young people in today’s job market. These subjects act as basic filters for employers. Here are four reasons why Maths and English are so important:

  1. Further study opportunities

Many further education and university courses require a good level of Maths and English - regardless of the subject. Typically, Level 2 is the minimum required.  Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE grade 4 or higher (old grading system A*-C). 

  1. Employment opportunities

Employers want applied and practical maths skills including approximation, mental arithmetic, capability with visual data, a solid grasp of units of measurement, the ability to check their own calculations and simple problem-solving. A major survey of skill levels among adults in work found that, for employers, English skills are of greatest concern, in particular communication skills (listening and speaking) such as good writing, spelling, grammar and vocabulary could be improved.

  1.   Income

Employees who achieve good GCSE grades are likely to be earning at least £2,000 per year more than those who do not. 

  1.   Health

There is even evidence to suggest that people with higher skills in Maths and English have a longer life expectancy.

So, with good English and maths skills, you can access Higher Education, gain rewarding employment, earn more and potentially live a longer life. 

If you want to improve on your current level of maths and or English, enrol on a course today by clicking here: Maths and English