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Developing Teaching Approaches for Challenging Topics in the New GCSE

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The Langdale Centre

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Wallsend

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4 Date Programme - 26th February, 27th March, 3rd May and 4th July, 12.30pm - 4.30pm

Funding of £320 per school is available to support supply cover costs.

This work group is part of a national Maths Hubs project, which aims to gather evidence from teachers’ early experiences with the new maths GCSE, with particular emphasis on how a new mix of challenging topics (for students and teachers) has emerged. Informed by this experience, work groups will develop new, or re-shaped, teaching approaches that match the new challenges and that, once embedded, will help students succeed, at both Higher and Foundation level.

Intended Outcomes

  • Participant teachers develop deeper understanding of why certain topics are challenging (for both students and teachers) including factors associated with student experiences in KS3

  • Maths departments in participant schools, through collaboration and experimentation, develop new and shared ways of preparing for, and teaching, challenging topics

  • Pupils 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.

What is involved?

  • The Work Group will meet four times 19th February, 27th March, 3rd May and 4th July, 12.30pm - 4.30pm

  • Participants will agree to focus on one or more challenging topic

  • Work Groups will develop and share teaching activities and approaches designed to have immediate impact with KS4 students

  • Work Groups will also develop and share teaching activities for KS3 students which better prepare them for the chosen topics

  • Participants will evaluate the success of the activities and approaches

Who is this for?

The Work Group will largely consist of pairs of teachers from up to half a dozen secondary schools. Ideally each pair will comprise one teacher with a curriculum responsibility within their department and one other teacher.

Expectations of participants and their schools

Participating teachers will be expected to:

  • Share ideas and activities with others
  • Reflect critically upon their own teaching approaches
  • Trial a range of approaches, strategies and activities agreed upon by the Work Group

Maths departments in participating schools will be expected to:

  • Support the participants by allowing them to trial activities and to disseminate findings at departmental meetings

There is no charge to attend. The cost of running the work group is fully met by the Great North Maths Hub, and schools can also invoice The Great NOrth Maths Hub for £320 to support supply cover costs.

The wider context

The changes to GCSE Mathematics, with new and deeper content moving into both Higher and Foundation areas, have created challenges for both students and teachers. At both tiers, teachers have found themselves teaching ‘new’ topics, and perhaps topics that challenge their own subject knowledge. At the same time, at both tiers, students have been confronted by topics that, based on their prior attainment, have stretched them significantly. To address this changed landscape, it is helpful to stand back, take stock from the first year’s experience of teaching and exam-sitting, and explore ways to adjust teaching approaches to maximise the chances of future cohorts of KS4 students being taught these new topic areas more effectively. A fruitful way of doing this is for teachers from different schools to compare notes, share current and previous experiences, and collaborate to develop effective models both of individual teacher professional development and of departmental working.

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