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Mathematical Thinking and the new GCSE

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This Work Group offers teachers and their departments nationally coordinated support to address the reasoning and problem-solving challenges of the mathematics curriculum and its assessment in the new GCSE.

Many departments will be considering not only the long-term development of these skills across KS3 and into KS4, but also the immediate needs of current KS4 pupils facing the challenges of the new GCSE. This Work Group aims to support both these aspects through professional development activities focusing on practical and accessible classroom-based approaches.

Participation also offers the opportunity to develop departmental professional development processes and produce longer-term improvement plans.

Who is this for?

All secondary schools wishing to begin or continue a programme of professional development to address the teaching and learning implications of the new curriculum and GCSE. Ideally, each school will send two members of department (at least one of whom is experienced and has some leadership responsibility) to maximise the impact of the professional development within the department.

This Work Group uses elements from last year’s KS3 Reasoning Work Group but also extends and develops approaches to the challenges of KS4. Teachers and departments who have participated in a previous Maths Hub KS3 Reasoning Work Group and wish to continue to collaborate on embedding practice further are welcome to join and work alongside teachers in the new Work Group.

What is involved?

  • 4 x half day workshops focused on developing reasoning and problem-solving skills in all lessons. Workshop dates are 12th December, 6th February, 27th March and 8th May. 12.30pm - 4pm

  • Gap tasks between the workshops will include Lesson Study, allowing wider department participation in the professional development.

  • There will be an evaluation process focusing on the impact of activities on pupils and the wider department.

Expectations of participants and their schools

Schools will need to commit to the release of the same nominated teacher(s) for all four workshops and to support them in the gap tasks. This will include supporting wider staff engagement with a Lesson Study between each workshop and 6-8 departmental meetings.

The department will also support the participating teachers to summarise the impact of Work Group participation.

Any queries about the programme, please get in touch.


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