Now in its fourth year, this project provides opportunities to explore and share current mathematical developments and consider their implications for ITT providers and Maths Hubs in order to help trainees transition into teaching mathematics effectively.
Who can take part?
Lead participants in this programme will be from the ITT community; they should be directly involved in ITT with a responsibility for maths. It is expected that these participants will represent the various ITT providers across the hub region so may include HEI, SCITT and School Direct, and represent different phases of ITT including EYTS, QTS (primary and secondary), and post-16.
What is involved?
Activity will be in the form of Work Groups, and may include working across hub boundaries and collaborating in larger regions.
Models for working could include:
- local/regional network meetings that lead to additional partnership work focusing on the issues the network group want to focus on, to strengthen the understanding of teaching for mastery pedagogy
- local/regional network meetings that review principles of teaching for mastery, share ITT units, adapt them for local use, and review where they sit in the institution’s maths programme
- developing the expertise of mentors to support trainees in mastery-related maths lesson design
- observation of Mastery Specialists’ lessons with follow up discussions about the mastery principles in order to identify specific developments for the overall ITT maths programme in light of current school-based practice.
Generally three to four days of direct work will be undertaken, with planning and evaluation time additional to this.
What will you learn?
Participants and their institutions will:
- deepen understanding of, and involvement in, the work of their local Maths Hub and the Maths Hubs Network, along with their knowledge of the principles of teaching for mastery and how they relate to classroom practice
- review practices and programmes, aiming to ensure trainees have some understanding of lesson design informed by mastery principles
- develop planning which includes reference to the principles of teaching for mastery and is further enhanced by opportunities to observe Mastery Specialists’ lessons with a follow up discussion.
What is the cost?
The Strengthening Partnerships with ITT Providers project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating institutions.