Secondary Teaching for Mastery Work Group Programme 2021-22

In 2021/22, all Maths Hubs are participating in a Network Collaborative Project addressing 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 maths departments. Each specialist who has completed the second year of their support and development programme will work with two departments. Maths Hubs are therefore now looking to recruit schools and their maths departments to participate in this exciting and innovative project as members of these Work Groups.
More information about secondary teaching for mastery Work Groups is available on the NCETM website.

SKTM for Secondary Early Career Teachers 2021-22

At a local level, Work Groups will explore one of the following themes:
• designing effective learning and teaching in maths (structure of the number system)
• designing effective learning and teaching in maths (operating on number)
• designing effective learning and teaching in maths (multiplicative reasoning)
• designing effective learning and teaching in maths (sequences and graphs)
• designing effective learning and teaching in maths (statistics and probability)
• designing effective learning and teaching in maths (geometry).
Participants will work deeply on one area of maths, drawing in the associated pedagogy, and activities will include lesson analysis and lesson design. This programme will take place across the equivalent of four days.

SKTM for Secondary Non-Specialist Teachers 2021-22

This project is designed to support non-specialist teachers teaching maths in a secondary school in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support students in maths in the classroom.

This programme is for non-specialist teachers of maths in state-funded schools who fit the following definition:

A non-specialist teacher of mathematics is ‘a teacher that is currently teaching some mathematics who has not undertaken initial teacher training (ITT) in mathematics’.

Secondary Subject Leadership 2021-22

This new project offers focused support to secondary heads of department/subject leaders, to enable them to better understand and implement teaching for mastery approaches across their department, and to develop in their role as leaders of both student learning and teacher professional development.

It provides an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of teaching for mastery approaches, of their wider roles, and of their capacity with their colleagues to transform secondary maths learning.

Secondary Maths MAT Leads 2021-22

This project offers focused support to those who lead mathematics across multiple schools within a MAT, to enable them to better understand and develop effective maths pedagogy approaches across those schools. It will also support participants to develop their role as a leader of system change, curriculum change, and teacher professional development.

Whilst those who lead maths across a MAT are often the subject lead for both primary and secondary, the key focus for this programme is their work with secondary teachers, although consideration will be given to transition and how the different phases relate to each other. Additionally, focusing on developing skills with one phase is likely to impact positively on work with other phases. Participants will engage with a centrally-led programme offered nationally, with the potential for regional provision dependent on numbers.

Year 5-8 Continuity Work Group 2021-22

Work Groups in this project aim to strengthen the transition from primary to secondary school by focusing on curriculum and pedagogical continuity over Years 5 to 8.

Central to the Work Group is the promotion of cross phase communication between teachers to address issues of maths knowledge and learning transition as distinct from pastoral considerations. Whilst many Work Groups will focus on using multiplicative reasoning resources, Work Groups can explore any aspect of the KS2/3 curriculum.

Mathematical Thinking for GCSE 2021-22

During Lockdown, many teachers found it difficult to teach problem-solving and mathematical thinking strategies via online teaching. As a result, many students missed this important practice and skill development.

The Mathematical Thinking for GCSE project is for secondary maths teachers looking for practical and theoretical elements to address their students’ problem-solving skills, develop their mathematical thinking, and ultimately improve their GCSE attainment.

The stated aims for 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.