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Supporting Post-16 GCSE Resit and GCSE Foundation students

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Starts 17th November

This programme provides opportunities for participants to analyse and unpick the difficulties Foundation students encounter learning mathematics. We will look at how context and the strategies that students naturally bring to solve problems in context, can help learners see connections in the GCSE curriculum and so reduce the burden on memorising procedures.

The programme builds on research funded by The Nuffield Foundation into how the Realistic Maths Education (RME) approach developed in The Netherlands, can be used to enhance achievement and engagement for post-16 GCSE students by setting problems in real life type contexts.

By getting involved, participants will:

  • develop a new approach to teaching GCSE resit based on Realistic Maths Education, which helps students gain ownership of methods rather than having to rely on memory
  • improve their awareness of key concepts and themes relevant to the context of GCSE
  • increase their awareness of appropriate pedagogies to help students make connections and deepen understanding
  • share approaches to planning and delivery of key concepts with the Work Group and develop pedagogy to promote engagement of students

Who should attend:

Teachers of Post 16 GCSE resit in Mathematics in Further Education Colleges and Sixth Forms and Teachers of students struggling with Foundation level GCSE.

This course ideally requires two participants from each Institution, so that teachers can use aspects of a lesson study approach to developing their teaching.

What is the cost?

This programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme and is therefore free to all participants.

Participants must be able to commit to the full academic year’s programme which consists of 5 sessions led by Sue Hough from Manchester Metropolitan University. Some sessions will be delivered online.

Between training days teachers will be required to teach some of the lesson material, to observe each other teaching and to feedback and review this experience at the next training day. This model of training has proved to be very successful as a way of helping teachers make lasting long-term impact on the way they teach.


We are hard at work preparing our programmes for the 2022 – 23 academic year. Should you like to find out more about this programme, please click the “submit interest” button below.