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Regional Projects Programme (RPP)

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Last updated 05 July 2012 by ncetm_administrator

Regional Projects Programme (RPP)

The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) is committed to the idea of collaborative teacher enquiry as part of the landscape of professional development. To this end we fund Teacher Enquiry Funded Projects (TEFP) (up to £5 000) and Mathematics Knowledge Networks (MKN) (£2 000) every year.

From September 2009, the National Centre supported a number of small, short term projects. We offered small amounts of funding (no more than £1 000) together with some online coaching from a member of the NCETM regional coordination team to start the projects off and keep them going on some element of teacher enquiry.

Teachers become involved in different levels of professional development at different stages in their careers. For some, the idea of undertaking a large-scale teacher enquiry project might seem a little daunting. Maybe you do not consider yourself to be a teacher enquirer…but you can be.
  • would you like to set up a small scale classroom-based research or teacher enquiry project to help you develop your teaching skills?
  • are you interested in working with a group of colleagues, either in your own school/college or as part of a cross school/college network?
  • are you willing to let others know what you did and what you learnt from the process at the end of your project?
  • and would you like some support to help you get started and keep on track?

Please note that no new projects or networks will be funded from 31 March 2011. If the situation changes, this will be notified on the portal and through updates issued by the National Centre to our users.

Here are some examples of regional projects that teachers have been engaged in and what they got out of it:

What does it really mean to know your times tables?
The mathematics coordinator in a primary school wanted to research the best ways to help pupils learn their times tables and involved all staff in trialling a range of methods.
“Improving times tables and maths results in general featured highly on our SIP. The project and, of course the finance, gave us a clear focus and the funding to do this in a way that otherwise wouldn't have been possible on a tight school budget”.
(Rachel Brittain, Mathematics Subject Leader and Assistant Head teacher of Red Oaks Primary School).

Practical activities produced collaboratively
A network of teachers from Mathematics departments in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin working together to develop and encourage greater use of collaborative activities in maths lessons through the production and sharing of ‘ready to use’ practical resources.
Each member of the Network prepared and submitted up to three collaborative activities…then we all had twenty eight ‘ready to use’ resources back in return. The activities were co-ordinated at the initial face-to-face meeting. The NCETM funding gave our project momentum. The NCETM portal has proved to be an easy and effective way to share resources and communicate electronically”.
(Graham Charles, Head of Mathematics at Church Stretton School.)

Developing a "thinking skills" resource for C4 mathematics using collaborative approaches
This project aimed to produce active learning material for both the parametric equation and vector topics on C4 drawing on the “thinking skills” approach using collaborative working. A team of six staff worked in small teams to create and produce the resources.
“Working in a team is a useful and enjoyable experience – in particular seeing how other staff go about thinking and producing materials”.
“It was useful to have my own materials scrutinised by others”
“Helpful to share ideas and to clarify what we were trying to achieve”
 “Reflect with another maths teacher on ordinary didactic teaching”.
(Staff at the Sixth Form College, Colchester)

Integrating mathematics into a topic-based curriculum
Teachers in a small rural primary school researching ways to make more links between the teaching of mathematics and the topic based work being carried out in the classroom.
“Involvement in the project helped us to think much more creatively about our approach to maths teaching, It was very good CPD to work together as a whole staff and we learnt that it is possible to incorporate exciting and challenging maths as part of an integrated curriculum”.
(Kate Edwards, Head teacher and mathematics subject leader at Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School)

Please note that no new projects or networks will be funded from 31 March 2011. If the situation changes, this will be notified on the portal and through updates issued by the National Centre to our users.

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.

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