Secondary Mastery Work Group Programme

In 2020/21 all Maths Hubs are participating in a Network Collaborative Project developing secondary mathematics teaching for mastery. As part of this project, Secondary Mastery Specialists in each hub area will be offering support to schools interested in developing teaching for mastery approaches in their own mathematics departments. Each specialist, who has completed the second year of a national programme, will work with two teachers from each participating maths department. The two teachers, known as ‘Mastery Advocates’, will be supported by the specialist to lead teaching for mastery development with all staff in their own department. Workshops and sessions will take place on-line

Year 5-8 Continuity Development

Teachers from different phases will work together in this work group, to improve communication between Key Stages 2 and 3. They will have the overall aim of improving continuity of learning of pupils in the four years between Years 5 and 8. Participants in this project will take an aspect of the mathematics curriculum or a pedagogical approach as the focus for their work and develop a consistent approach to it through discussion, joint lesson design, and the development of documentation to support continuity.

Early Career Teachers - Challenging Topics at GCSE

Work Group(s) in this project will focus on participant teachers working together to ‘unpick’ (i.e. analyse, deconstruct and trace through the curriculum) a challenging topic from GCSE Mathematics.

Participants will develop insight into the associated difficulties and misconceptions to support teaching in the short term, but also consider the implications for longer term curriculum design. Workshops and sessions will take place on-line

Mathematical Thinking for GCSE

The Mathematical Thinking for GCSE project is for secondary maths teachers looking for practical and theoretical elements to address their students’ GCSE attainment.
The stated aims of the KS4 Programme of Study are that, through working on the content, students should develop mathematical fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. While mathematical thinking is a key feature of all of these, the focus of this Work Group is to support teachers in developing their understanding of mathematical thinking as it relates to problem-solving and reasoning, using practical task types to explore what it means for students to get better at mathematical thinking and what this looks like in the classroom. Workshops and sessions will take place on-line

Blended Learning - Best Practice

Blended Learning – Best Practice

This project is for secondary and post-16 maths teachers looking for practical and theoretical advice to help deliver the best blended learning model for their GCSE and/or A Level students.

Through regular online meetings, participants will share successes and failures of online teaching, while experiencing for themselves what it is like to be “on the other side” of the virtual learning platform.

Participants will explore a variety of platforms and online teaching tools, looking at the pros and cons of each, pitfalls to watch out for, and tips and hints for making online teaching work well.

The intended outcome of this Work Group is for teachers to have developed their knowledge and understanding of pedagogical strategies for effective online synchronous and asynchronous teaching. Workshops and sessions will take place on-line.