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.

Mastery Development Work Groups

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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

NEW DATES COMING SOON FOR 2020/21

The main focus of the Problem Solving Work Group is to develop a large region wide network of subject specialists, collaboratively working to 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.

Some of the many areas covered include, work on curriculum development implications from KS3 to KS4 (eg. place value, sequences and graphs) and joint lesson planning (eg. fractions and area of trapezium).

Challenging Topics at GCSE

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Work Groups 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.  The programme consists of 4 sessions throughout the academic year.

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.

Y5-Y8 Continuity Work Group

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The project aims to improve communication between Key Stages 2 and 3 by taking an aspect of the mathematics curriculum or a pedagogical approach as the focus for the work. Teachers from different phases work together to develop a consistent approach to their chosen aspect through discussion, joint lesson design and delivery, observation and the development of documentation to support continuity. As a result, channels of communication are established and there is an increased focus on curriculum and pedagogical continuity at key transition points which supports children as they move from KS2 to KS3.

Mathematical Thinking for GCSE

NEW DATES COMING SOON FOR 2020/21

Mathematical Thinking is a four half day course looking at mathematical structures in GCSE-level topics, improving pupils’ confidence, fluency and logical precision when they engage in mathematical reasoning. This course deepens teachers’ understanding of the subject knowledge and pedagogy linked to mathematical reasoning, enabling more effectively planning to address the reasoning component within all lessons. The course also develops CPD leadership skills among participant teachers and helps departments identify resources and approaches that can be built into schemes of work.