Developing Core Maths Pedagogy Work Group

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These Work Groups give teachers opportunities – through collaboration and experimentation – to develop improved teaching approaches.

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What is involved?

The Work Group will meet online for seven twilight sessions focusing on developing resources that exemplify pedagogical approaches to trial with classes, reflecting on the lessons and formulating a collective understanding of improved pedagogy for core maths. Lead participants will be expected, where appropriate, to work with colleagues in their own department.Work Groups will be designed to meet the specific needs of the range of experience of participants.

Who can apply?This project is aimed at recent or – in exceptional cases – potential teachers of Core Maths. These may be teachers in post-16 settings whose main subject is maths or whose main subject is not maths.

What is the cost?This Work Group is fully funded by the Maths Hub Programme so is free to participating schools.


Participants and their departments will:

  • understand the philosophy of Core Maths, with its approach to maths through contextualised problem-solving
  • explore a range of common Core Maths approaches and topics (e.g. Fermi problems, critical analysis of numbers in the media) and their use of pre-release materials
  • identify and make effective use of existing Core Maths resources
  • support senior leadership in understanding the benefits of Core Maths
  • understand the role of Core Maths in promoting problem solving within GCSE Maths


Schools/colleges must be able to commit to the full academic year’s programme. This involves a total of seven live online support across the academic year, as well as classroom and school-based activity. Participants will also be expected to make regular contributions to our online forum (Basecamp). Participants must also be supported by their school/college leadership to explore outcomes from the project with other colleagues in their department.

Covid Recovery

The risk of cross contamination between schools is too high for us to consider face-to-face Work Groups. Therefore, all Work Groups will take place online this year.

Who is leading the Group?

Sue Southward - Cambridge Maths Hub deputy lead and teacher at Comberton Village College.


Wednesday 13 January 16:00 – 17:30

Wednesday 27 January 16:00 – 17:30

Wednesday 3 February 16:00 – 17:30

Wednesday 24 February 16:00 – 17:30

Wednesday 10 March 16:00 – 17:30

Wednesday 24 March 16:00 – 17:30

Wednesday 5 May 16:00 – 17:30

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