Stephen Exley & Will Martin

EEF funds major trials to help learners ‘make the grade’ in resits

Trial of text message ‘nudges’ is among projects aiming to improve attainment in English and maths GCSEs

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More than 13,000 students across the country will take part in large-scale research to trial new approaches to supporting those who have failed to achieve a good GCSE pass in English and maths.

In 2016, the number of students aged 17 and over taking English and maths increased by a third to top 300,000 for the first time. But A*-C pass rates for these learners plummeted to less than 30 per cent in both subjects.

Today, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) will announce the first post-16 projects it will back, using its £5 million fund for supporting students who do not get a C in English ...

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