Mathematical Thinking for GCSE

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For secondary maths teachers looking for practical and theoretical elements to address their students’ GCSE attainment.

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Please only apply if you are in this region and the course is applicable:

Our hub works to provide the best possible support for schools in Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton Local Authority Districts.

DATES AND VENUE INFORMATION - to attend ALL dates please

The work group will meet at the Sjovoll Centre. The link below contains a map and the address.

The entrance to the centre is different to the main school.

The dates are

19th Jan - this date is face to face

16th Feb and 6th April - in person.

A fourth date will be in June.

The stated aims of the KS4 Programme of Study are that, through working on the content, students should develop mathematical fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. While mathematical thinking is a key feature of all of these, the focus of this Work Group is to support teachers in developing their understanding of mathematical thinking as it relates to problem-solving and reasoning, using practical task types to explore what it means for students to get better at mathematical thinking and what this looks like in the classroom.

Who can take part?

This is for teachers of KS4 who want to further develop their pedagogical and theoretical understanding of developing mathematical thinking, and practical classroom strategies to explore these ideas. Lead participants will be expected to lead developments from the Work Group in their own department and so should have the opportunity and authority to do this effectively.

Departments that have already engaged with the Work Group have the opportunity to continue with the Work Group structure in order to explore further and think more deeply about supporting mathematical thinking in the classroom by participating in a second ‘deepening’ year.

What is involved?

Exam boards often note that, when students come to GCSE exams, AO2 and AO3 are frequently poorly addressed. This Work Group is designed to:

offer teachers support so that they are better equipped to help all students develop their mathematical thinking, ultimately preparing them for the challenges of the GCSE and beyond

support teachers in understanding and using participation in a Work Group as the basis of collaborative continued professional development for themselves and within their department.

The Work Group is structured around four workshops with school-based tasks for participants to complete and reflect upon between each meeting. Days One and Four are full days (or equivalent), with Days Two and Three each taking 0.5 days.

What will you learn?

Participants and their schools will:

increase their experience and understanding of the role of reasoning and problem-solving in the curriculum

understand how these are tested at GCSE

understand effective collaborative approaches to embed developments department-wide

demonstrate improved confidence in planning and leading lessons that support deep mathematical thinking

consider next steps for further deepening, developing and reviewing mathematical thinking.

What is the cost?

The Mathematical Thinking for GCSE project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

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The Maths Hubs Programme, coordinated by the NCETM, brings together mathematics education professionals in a collaborative national network of 40 hubs, each locally led by an outstanding school or college, to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students. The programme is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM).

Carmel College is proud to be the base for the Archimedes NE Maths Hub which is promoting excellence in maths teaching across the Durham and Tees Valley region. The work of the hubs supports teachers in the continual process of improving educational standards for students in our region from the youngest child in Early Years Foundation Stage to the oldest students in Post 16. The overarching aim is to update schools with the latest teaching strategies from around the world and to ensure that the UK is able to compete on the global stage.

We are delighted to be working alongside the most enthusiastic, talented and dedicated teachers in our region and confident together, we will achieve the best education possible for every child.


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