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NCP19-19 Challenging Topics at GCSE

Great North Maths Hub

Monday, 2 December 2019 at 12:30 - Thursday, 18 June 2020 at 16:00 (GMT)

NCP19-19 Challenging Topics at GCSE

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Feedback from teachers and GCSE exam analysis indicates there are key areas of the curriculum that students continue to find challenging. This Work Group will explore effective ways of teaching some of these topics, both to address the immediate needs of the incoming KS4 students, but also, crucially, taking a longer-term view by considering development in KS3.  The aim will be to get to grips with all the underpinning content of a topic, exploring misconceptions and effective pedagogical approaches for each element. The approaches also contribute towards the development of a generic process which departments could use as a ‘toolkit’ to lead the improvement of teaching and learning in any identified area of the curriculum students find challenging.

Who is this for?

Secondary school maths teachers and heads of department. Participants in the 2018/19 Work Group are welcome to participate again.

What is involved?

Each Work Group will explore a single GCSE topic in depth. Participation will require attendance at four workshops spread across the year and include gap tasks. Any work produced will be shared across the hubs, giving access to a range of challenging topics.

This programme will run over four half day sessions at Churchill Community College:

  • Monday 2nd December 12.30pm - 4pm
  • Tuesday 3rd March 12.30pm - 4pm
  • Wednesday 22nd April 12.30pm - 4pm
  • Thursday 18th June 12.30pm - 4pm

 Intended Outcomes

  • Teachers will hone their ability to analyse what it is about certain topics that makes them more challenging, and be able to apply these analytical skills more widely in the curriculum.
  • They will deepen their understanding and classroom practice in relation to teaching and learning styles most appropriate to effective learning in the particular topic area.
  • Departments will have a model for improving the teaching and learning and curriculum provision for any area of the curriculum their students find challenging.
  • Students in the participant teachers’ classes will 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.

Expectations of participants and their schools

  • Attend the Work Group sessions and carry out a series of follow-up tasks within their own classrooms related to teaching the challenging topic being explored.
  • Work with other members of their maths department, as appropriate, to develop the teaching of the challenging topic.
  • Contribute to Work Group evaluation processes.

This programme is provided at no cost to state-funded schools. However, Great North Maths Hub will charge £40 for non-attendance or cancellation less than 7 days prior to each session. Independant schools can contact us for programme costs.

 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 NCP19-19 Challenging Topics at GCSE? Contact Great North Maths Hub

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Churchill Community College
Churchill Street
NE28 7TN
United Kingdom

Monday, 2 December 2019 at 12:30 - Thursday, 18 June 2020 at 16:00 (GMT)

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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.

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