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Challenging topics at GCSE

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Neale-Wade Academy

Wimblington Road

March

PE15 9PX

United Kingdom

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In many respects, the GCSE, first taught in autumn 2015 and examined in summer 2017, still feels new, and throws up new challenges for teachers and pupils alike. In 2017-2018 there was a Maths Hubs pilot project which explored ways of teaching those GCSE maths topics teachers found challenging to teach, and students found challenging to learn. In 2018-2019, this work will continue. Work Groups will explore effective ways of teaching some of these topics, both to address the immediate needs of the incoming KS4 pupils, but also, crucially, taking a longer-term view by considering development in KS3. The aim will be to get to grips with all the underpinning content of a topic, exploring misconceptions and effective pedagogical approaches for each element.


Who is this for?

Secondary school maths teachers and heads of department. Participants in the 2017-2018 Work Group are welcome to participate again (we will choose different topics to work on).

What is involved?

Each Work Group will explore a few GCSE topics in depth, establishing what the issues are and what the common misconceptions are, how these might be addressed through activities and questioning which promote deeper thinking and how teaching in KS3 might be modified or utilised to improve understanding for this topic in KS4.

Intended outcomes

  • Teachers will hone their ability to analyse what it is about certain topics that makes them more challenging and be able to apply these analytical skills more widely in the curriculum.
  • Through detailed study of a few topics, teachers will develop a sharper understanding of what it means for teaching to be ‘effective’ and how this might be evaluated in class and through assessment in all its forms.
  • Pupils in the participant teachers’ classes will become more confident in their own skills and abilities, developing a deeper and more connected understanding of prior content thus enabling them to better tackle the challenging topics.

Led by: John Stevens and Lisa Grant.

John teaches at Cambourne Village College, and helped lead this group last year.

Lisa teaches at Neale-Wade Acadamy, and attended this group last year.

Venue: Neale-Wade Academy, March, PE15 9PX

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

Dates:19th November, 21st January, 18th March, 1st July.


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Wimblington Road

March

PE15 9PX

United Kingdom

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