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In this edition of the update, you'll find today's written ministerial statement on improving post-16 numeracy and literacy. Key points are:

- With effect from August 2015 full-time 16 to 19 students with prior attainment of grade D in English and/or maths will take GCSE, rather than any other qualification in these subjects.

- By 2020, adults aged 19 and over and apprentices of all ages studying English and maths will be working towards achievement of the reformed GCSEs, taking stepping stone qualifications if necessary. Functional skills will continue to be part of apprenticeship completion requirements but the DfE will work with apprenticeship providers to enable them to offer GCSEs to their apprentices.

- In addition, top graduates who teach maths in colleges and training providers will receive a golden hello of up to £10,000.

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Golden hellos for graduates teaching maths in further education
Top graduates who teach maths in colleges and training providers will receive a golden hello of up to £10,000 as part of the government’s focus on putting English and maths at the heart of education, Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock has announced.

Maths and English provision in post-16 education - ministerial statement
Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise Matthew Hancock's written ministerial statement on improving post-16 numeracy and literacy.

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Ofsted has published seven case studies highlighting excellent examples of good practice in family learning which community and skills providers, schools and other organisations have developed across England.

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