The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) is committed to the principle that effective professional learning takes place best within the context of a professional learning community. Mathematics Knowledge Networks (MKNs) were a context in which teachers of mathematics could work as a professional learning community.
In 2009 the NCETM awarded funding to support 56 MKNs and a further 40 in Spring 2010.
MKNs consisted of teachers from a single school, college or other training provider institution, or drawn from several establishments. They had a specific area of interest, with an underlying focus on Mathematical Knowledge.
The NCETM recognises 'Mathematical Knowledge' for teachers of mathematics as having the three dimensions of:
- mathematics content knowledge
- mathematics-specific pedagogy
- embedding these in practice.
It was expected that the learning in an MKN would incorporate all of these elements.
The NCETM identified a list of proposed titles and focused areas of engagement for MKNs over the period 2009-2011. These are listed in the sidebar. Each area was supported by a starting point to help the MKN begin its work.
In addition to the starting points and other resources available through the portal, the NCETM provided MKNs with support and guidance from one of its Regional Coordinators, and access to a regional network of teachers of mathematics supported by the NCETM.
MKNs which supported teachers in maintained schools and colleges* in England were eligible to apply for a small amount of funding to pay for additional costs incurred by the group.
* including LSC-funded colleges offering AS and A level mathematics.
Since June 2009 the NCETM has funded 56 MKNs ranging across all sectors from EYFS to Post-16. They have completed final reports for the NCETM on their outcomes and future plans. You can read more about what some participants have said about working as part of an MKN, and you can also read the Guidance Notes for MKN particpants (2010).
Funding for these projects have now closed, and we are no longer accepting any further applications. Details of current funding can be found on the Funded Projects page.