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Mathematical Thinking for GCSE

Great North Maths Hub

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 from 12:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

Mathematical Thinking for GCSE

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Teachers or departments keen to address the reasoning and problem-solving challenges of the mathematics curriculum and its assessment at GCSE are encouraged to take part in this project. Work Groups will explore professional development activities focusing on practical and accessible classroom-based approaches. The activities themselves also offer a model for wider department engagement with professional development processes, and hence could provide the basis of an effective department improvement programme in this area.

The programme, which is free to attend, runs over 4 half days, 29th January, 19th March, 30th April and 2nd July.   


The programme is available at no cost to schools.

Participating schools can claim a £350 grant following completion of the programme.

Who is this for?

All secondary maths departments and teachers wishing to begin or continue a programme of professional development to address the reasoning and problem-solving challenges of the mathematics GCSE. The approaches attempt to address not only the longer development of these skills across all teaching but also the needs of current KS4 pupils as they approach GCSE.

In order to maximise the wider impact of the professional development across the department, it is suggested, where possible, that each school sends two members of department, at least one of whom is experienced and has some leadership responsibility within the department.

Work Group activity

  • 4 x half day workshops spread over three terms
  • Gap tasks between the workshops will include Lesson Study, allowing wider department participation in the professional development.
  • As part of the professional development, there will be an evaluation process focussing on the impact of Work Group

Intended Outcomes

Participant teachers, and their departments:

  • will acquire a deeper understanding of the role of reasoning and problem solving in the mathematics curriculum, and how these skills are tested at GCSE
  • will broaden their repertoire of classroom approaches to support the development of pupil’s mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills in all lessons
  • will understand how to plan for further improvement to embed and sustain progress in this area.
  • will begin to see pupils demonstrate increased confidence in reasoning and problem-solving while deepening their understanding of the mathematics content itself.

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 and department engagement with a Lesson Study between each workshop.
  • The department will also support the participating teachers to summarise the impact of Work Group participation as part of the professional development and Work Group evaluation.

This Work Group is free of charge. However, Great North Maths Hub will charge £40 for non-attendance or cancellation less than 7 days prior to each session.

When booking you will be asked to give your NCETM Username. We ask for this as we will use the NCETM website to coordinate your programme evaluations, in order to report to the DfE. If you do not already have an NCETM username, please create one here

Data Privacy

As part of our role in leading the Great North Maths Hub, we collect and hold a certain amount of data about individuals involved in our work. The data includes name, role (with respect to hub work), school, email address, NCETM username and (in some cases) telephone number. The agreement between us and the Department of Education requires us to monitor and evaluate our work as a Maths Hub, and this is the legal basis for the data that we hold, on, for example, participation in the Work Groups that we coordinate. Such data is reported on a regular basis to the NCETM.


Do you have questions about Mathematical Thinking for GCSE? Contact Great North Maths Hub

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Mercure Newcastle George Washington Hotel Golf and Spa

NE37 1PH Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 from 12:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

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Great North Maths Hub

The Great North Maths Hub is part of a national programme of 35 maths hubs, funded by DfE to bring together mathematics education professionals in a collaborative manner to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students. The Great North Maths Hub works with schools and educational providers across the Northumberland, Tyne, Wear and County Durham areas.

If you would like further information about the Maths Hub programme, please visit or download our FREE app available from your app store, search for Great North Maths Hub.

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