Our nationally accredited professional development programmes support all teachers of GCSE mathematics by sharing best practice and by deepening understanding of the subject knowledge and pedagogy.

Mathematical Thinking for GCSE – South Manchester (Programme 1)

Starts 9th December. Please note, we are running two programmes this academic year; participants must select one programme only.

PROGRAMME 1: Online sessions and Didsbury High School (if possible)

The key aim of this programme 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.

Exam boards often note that, when students come to GCSE exams, AO2 and AO3 are frequently poorly addressed. Through collaborative professional development, this programme will help teachers become better equipped to help all students develop their mathematical thinking.

Mathematical Thinking for GCSE – Bury (Programme 2)

Starts 2nd December. Please note, we are running two programmes this academic year; participants must select one programme only.

PROGRAMME 2: Online sessions and at The Derby High School, Bury (if possible)

The key aim of this programme 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.

Exam boards often note that, when students come to GCSE exams, AO2 and AO3 are frequently poorly addressed. Through collaborative professional development, this programme will help teachers become better equipped to help all students develop their mathematical thinking.

Y5-Y8 Continuity Work Group

FIRST SESSION: 12th November 2020 – online

The key aim of this programme is to strengthen the transition from primary to secondary school by focusing on curriculum and pedagogical continuity over Years 5 to 8.

A key theme is multiplicative reasoning and content will include developing a deeper understanding of multiplicative structures, such as fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios.

A lesson study approach is encouraged where all participants focus on a particular aspect of the maths curriculum and work collaboratively to develop this in their schools. Cross-phase classroom observation and discussion of practice is encouraged wherever possible. Participants are expected to consider ways to develop the approaches explored during the project with other staff in their schools.

 

 

Bury Maths Cluster – in partnership with The Derby High School

Wednesday 4th November 3.45-5pm via Zoom – strategies to provide effective distance learning

Are you a secondary maths teacher at a school in Bury? Would you like the opportunity to discuss and work collaboratively with other maths teachers in Bury?

Join NW1 Maths Hub and our host school, The Derby High, for the first meeting this academic year of the Bury Maths Cluster.

The focus of the first meeting will be on effective distance learning and will provide opportunities to share and discuss the strategies that have worked well. We will look at what colleagues are currently doing in terms of distance learning and how NW1 Maths Hub could support you further.

Challenging Topics at GCSE

FIRST SESSION ONLINE 23rd November 2020

This programme enables participant teachers to work 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 will provide opportunities for teachers to identify and analyse a key challenging topic area, to work collaboratively to develop pedagogical approaches to it, and to evaluate and discuss after teaching. There will be school-based tasks for participants to engage with between each meeting.

Mastery Development Work Groups

NOW RECRUITING SCHOOLS FOR 2020/2021

This fully funded programme is for secondary schools who are looking to introduce and develop a Teaching for Mastery approach within their maths department.

Each school is invited to nominate two teachers as ‘Mastery Advocates’ to form part of a Work Group, which meets regularly to develop professional knowledge and expertise.  Led by one of our experienced Secondary Mastery Specialists, you will learn the principles and practices associated with teaching for mastery.

KS3/4 Problem Solving

FIRST SESSION ONLINE 3rd December 2020

The main focus of this popular Problem Solving Work Group, led by Marisa Bartoli, Director of Mathematics, Laurus Trust, is to develop a large region wide network of subject specialists.  Working together collaboratively, participants will develop pedagogy, resources and materials that help colleagues develop deeper mathematical understanding for their students. The aim of the group is to improve the teaching on mathematics in the local area, providing theoretical background and training to be able to take the ideas discussed further.

Each year the group has a different focus, and this year it is introducing and developing trigonometry at Years 7 & 8, using unit circles to develop ideas of Pythagoras, and algebraic representation.