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Teaching KS3 and GCSE Maths: mixed ability rather than sets

carla44 14 September 2016 15:20
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Hello,

I'm looking for possible links with non selective schools in or near London that teach Maths in mixed abilty classes, and have very good GCSE results.

Alternatively, any research that you may know of on this topic would be useful too.

 

Thanks

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HeatherNorth 15 September 2016 18:25
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Hi Carla, I have quite a few years in mathematics education - when I was a head of mathematics we had mixed ability groups and I was able to improve results from approx 30% A*-C to 60% A* - C.  At the time I had a head techer who favoured mixed ability grouping.

Today - if I had the choice again I would do what the head teacher of the school wanted - if all teachers in whatever group they have have a mixed ability mindset (as in reality in any class of students there are only individual minds sitting in front of you) then I don't think it is a question of one or the other.  So now I would just go with the flow and do my best with each of the students in front of me.  I do believe my experience with teaching mixed ability and making sure everyone was challenged in the class has equipped me better to teach setted classes. I also value teaching small groups of students who find mathematics difficult as I am able to spend more time with them to assist their understanding and progress. 

With best wishes, Heather

 

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mho123 08 July 2017 05:47
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You might find this site and conference useful:

www.mixedattainmentmaths.com

Dates are not confirmed yet, but I believe the third conference is being planned for November in London.

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mho123 08 July 2017 05:50
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Also, St Marylebone School have been doing some showcase lessons this year.  If you sign up to receive their newletter, probably the easiest way of finding out about future events.

http://www.mathshubs.org.uk/find-your-hub/london-central-and-nw-maths-hub/

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