Stepping stone: to GCSE maths
Who is this course for?
You can only enrol on this course once you have had an initial assessment with an experienced Learn Devon Tutor. This course is for learners wishing to get ready and upskill for next GCSE starts in Sept 2018. Learners should have everyday maths skills such as dealing with money, time, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers. Learners who have gained a D or an E at GCSE Maths and wishing to retake GCSE Maths may also find this a suitable course.
You work in small groups at different levels, to learn and explore mathematical topics and improve understanding. You’ll focus on working with others, questioning concepts and ideas to understand the world of mathematics, and hopefully, have some fun!
Support and feedback
You will receive support and feedback from your tutor and be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning. You will complete an individual learning plan to record your targets and achievements.
Additional costs and requirements
An A4 file, writing materials and lined or squared paper to each session. You will also need a geometry set, including a ruler, protractor, compass, pencil and rubber.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Weekly homework will be used to practice
mathematical techniques, check understanding
of topics covered and provide feedback on progress.
About the tutor
Ellie Crawford has taught in adult and further education since 1997, and has worked for Learn Devon since 2009.
Previously she has taught at the St Loye’s Foundation in Exeter and for Trade Union Education at the College of North East London. During her teaching career she has taught IT, Literacy, study skills and trade union courses, but now works as a Maths teacher which is her favourite subject to teach.
Ellie has worked with learners aged 6 months to 86 years, with a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities. She has taught in the community and in the workplace, and has even taught on a double-decker bus.
Ellie is passionate about ensuring that her classes are safe, happy places where learners can thrive. She has patience and good humour and wants you to enjoy your learning.
“If you don’t ‘get it’ straight away it’s not your fault. It’s my job to take the time to encourage you to learn in imaginative and engaging ways until you have your own ‘light-bulb moments’. The only ‘stupid’ question is the one you don’t ask: in my classes you can ask as many questions (as many times) as you like.”
Ellie has a Certificate in Education from the University of Plymouth.
Ellie Crawford, Area Tutor, Mathematics