CALAT Croydon Adult Learning and Training

English and Maths

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How to apply

You can enrol online by contacting us at calatenglish&

We will be holding initial assessments for courses at our centres on the dates below: (all sessions take place at 10am)

Please bring either your UK birth certificate, UK/EU passport or your Indefinite Leave to Remain Resident Permit.

Sessions can take up to 90 minutes. 

Click on the toggle below for assessment dates:

Croydon Clocktower:

  • January 2023: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th at 10am
  • February 2023: 20th, 27th at 10am
  • March 2023: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th at 10am
  • April 2023: 3rd, 17th, 24th at 10am
  • May 2023: 8th, 15th, 22nd at 10am

Strand House:

  • Thursday 12th Jan 12pm
  • Thursday 19th Jan 10am
  • Thursday 26th Jan 12pm
  • Thursday 2nd Feb 10am
  • Thursday 9th Feb 12pm

Please bring either your UK birth certificate, UK/EU passport or your Indefinite Leave to Remain Resident Permit.

Sessions can take up to 90 minutes. 


We offer English and maths courses from beginner up to GCSE level.

Our English and maths GCSE courses will begin again in September 2023, in the meantime you can find out more about our GCSE courses here:

If English is not your first language, we also offer a range of courses in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).

Learn for free

All of our English and maths courses are free to learners, apart from those who are:

  • younger than 19
  • overseas learners


Our courses include:

  • Functional Skills from beginners to pre-GCSE
  • GCSE qualifications
  • Flexible online English and maths courses, from Entry 3 to Level 2
  • Short courses in writing to improve employment prospects

Dates and locations

There are multiple options on offer:

  • different venues across the borough, as well as online
  • course duration from 5 to 31 weeks
  • at times to suit you – day, evening and weekends

Meet the team

Jason McDonald - English and maths curriculum coordinator

Jason McDonald - English and maths curriculum coordinator

I have worked in education for 21 years and with CALAT for 14 of those. In that time I have never lost my passion for delivering adult education and seeing people achieve their goals, whether personal or professional.

Simon Ambrosi - Maths tutor

Simon Ambrosi - Maths tutor

Whilst I have been working as a maths tutor with CALAT since 2018 I spent the first 16 years of my working life at a FTSE100 insurance and investment company. During this time I became involved with pensions, annuities reinsurance, and a few other areas, before becoming a Solutions Strategist and Investment Product Specialist. Using maths on a daily basis, often explaining complex mathematical concepts to people with a less technical background, made a career change to a maths tutor a logical step for me.

I have always enjoyed and taken pride in sharing my passion for maths with people of all ages. This encouraged me to create my own YouTube channel at the start of the first COVID lockdown which you can explore by clicking on my name above. Initially this was to help my own small group of learners at CALAT but has now had over 90,000 views with my walkthroughs of practice exam papers particularly popular.

Jane Ward - English tutor

Jane Ward - English tutor

I teach English at Level 1 and 2 on the Fast Track Distance Learning course. I also work in the CALAT Apprenticeships Team on Business Administration and Customer Service apprenticeships, I have a degree in English and a Diploma in Education and Training.

I have worked with CALAT since June 2018 and really enjoy helping people to achieve their qualifications and their goals. It is great to work with such a variety of learners who are so motivated to learn.

When I actually get some spare time, I enjoy singing in a choir. But don’t worry, if you study with me, I won’t sing at you!

Samatar Awale - Maths tutor

Samatar Awale - Maths tutor

After graduating with a degree in Accounting and Finance from Greenwich University in 2003, I worked as a payroll officer in a warehouse distribution centre with over 1000 employees. This is where I gained the passion and experience in explaining Maths to adults with emotionally charged payroll queries.

In 2013, I moved on to complete my PGCCE - Diploma in teaching Mathematics and then, in 2015 I joined CALAT. I really enjoy working with adults achieving their goals and moving on with their lives with better hopes and prospects for the future. I taught different level over the years - distance learning, Functional Skills and GCSE Maths.