Maths CPD chat

NCETM Twitter chats #mathscpdchat every Tuesday, 7-8pm

Maths CPD chat

Our weekly, Twitter-based chats are designed to engage UK maths teachers of all age groups – including, of course, primary and trainee teachers – as well as all maths education professionals involved in helping teachers with their initial and ongoing professional learning.

Each chat is centred on a specific theme, always relevant to maths professional development, and gently steered by a host from the maths education community – usually a teacher. We welcome all suggestions for discussion themes, and offers of volunteer moderators. These can be emailed to us at info@ncetm.org.uk, or tweet us at either @mathscpdchat or @NCETM.

The weekly discussions are grouped together under the hashtag #mathscpdchat (see How to take part in a discussion below for more explanation) and set in motion by the NCETM's @mathscpdchat Twitter account. A record of all contributions to each discussion can be found in the archive below.

You can find out more about the discussions in our feature article.

If you need more information or assistance, please do contact us: we'll be happy to help!

Upcoming Maths CPD chats

All chats take place at 7pm unless stated otherwise.

Tuesday 21 September 2021
Marking and feedback: what do you do, and how does it support learning and teaching?
Host: Alice Ward-Gow

 

How to take part in a discussion

  1. First of all, if you haven’t already got one, you will need a Twitter account of your own. When you’ve got one, make sure you follow @NCETM, along with any other people or organisations who interest you. Twitter has its own tour as well as a getting started guide
  2. Go the the @mathscpdchat Twitter account at the start time of the chat
  3. Include the hashtag #mathscpdchat in all of your Tweets during the discussion
  4. You will also need a means of ensuring that you can see all other Tweets that include #mathscpdchat, as well Tweets from the people you choose to follow. One option to achieve this (at no cost) is TweetDeck.
  5. Join the discussion and have your say

Recent Maths CPD chats

Tuesday 14 September
How are you helping primary pupils experience maths in the wider curriculum?
Hosted by Martyn Yeo.

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Tuesday 7 September
What will you do that’s new/different in your maths teaching this term?
Hosted by Kathryn Darwin.

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Tuesday 13 July
What has been significant in your primary, secondary or post-16 maths teaching in 2020-21?
Hosted by Kathryn Darwin.

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Tuesday 6 July
Simple as 𝜋? How do we help students use, and understand, the formulae linked to circles?
Hosted by Sharon Malley.

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Tuesday 29 June
What material (such as guidance on websites, textbooks, schemes, and research reports) is proving to be most helpful in your KS1/2 maths teaching? How is it helping?
Hosted by Martyn Yeo.

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Tuesday 22 June
How do you help students learn to use algebra to reason from given information to missing information?
Hosted by David Helsby.

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Tuesday 15 June
How do you help students see relationships between information, appropriate strategies and missing information when solving mathematical problems?
Hosted by Gemma Scott.

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Tuesday 8 June
Ofsted’s research review into maths
Hosted by @Ofstednews.

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Tuesday 25 May
What have been the ‘highlights’ in your maths teaching this term?
Hosted by Kathryn Darwin.

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Tuesday 18 May
What are important considerations and implications for KS4/5 transition in this extraordinary year?
Hosted by David Helsby.

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Tuesday 11 May
KS2 teachers: what are your maths-teaching plans for the rest of this term?
Hosted by Martyn Yeo.

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Tuesday 4 May
Proportional reasoning: how do you help pupils apply it efficiently?
Hosted by Kathryn Darwin.

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Tuesday 27 April
How can you introduce trigonometry so that students will use it with deep understanding?
Hosted by Sharon Malley.

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Tuesday 20 April
How are you interpreting the 2021 GCSE Grade Descriptors?
Hosted by Gemma Scott.

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Tuesday 30 March
What has been particularly significant in your maths teaching this term?
Hosted by Kathryn Darwin.

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Tuesday 23 March
Algebraic thinking: what learning experiences help pupils begin to develop competence?
Hosted by Sharon Malley.

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Tuesday 16 March
What kinds of guidance should be in a KS3/4 scheme of work?
Hosted by Esther Stevens.

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Tuesday 9 March
KS2-3 transition in a year without SATs: what will it be like?
Hosted by Alison Hopper.

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Tuesday 2 March
Maths department meetings: what are they for? What do you do in yours?
Hosted by David Helsby.

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Tuesday 23 February
What are great ways to help pupils understand and use place value?
Hosted by Charlotte Hawthorne.

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Tuesday 9 February
How is your maths teaching going this term?
Hosted by Kathryn Darwin.

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Tuesday 2 February
How do you define key mathematical ideas (e.g. vector, ratio, factor...) when working with students in KS4/5?
Hosted by Simon Ball.

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Tuesday 26 January
How do pupils learn to understand, connect and use factors, prime factors, multiples, HCF and LCM?
Hosted by Kathryn Darwin.

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Tuesday 19 January
Remote teaching: what did you learn last time? What will you do differently this time?
Hosted by Martyn Yeo.

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Tuesday 12 January
How are you planning for your Y11 GCSE groups to work on mathematics this term?
Hosted by Gemma Scott.

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Tuesday 15 December
What has your maths teaching been like this term? How are you hoping it will be next term?
Hosted by Kathryn Darwin.

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Tuesday 08 December
What kinds of mistake do students make in mathematics? Why do they make them, and how can you help?
Hosted by David Helsby.

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Tuesday 01 December
What are you finding to be effective ways to help pupils understand and use fractions?
Hosted by Kathryn Darwin.

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These are the discussions held from the beginning of 2019.

Click the headings to sort the columns in ascending or descending order

Date Discussion topic
2019-01-08 How are you helping pupils develop mathematical-reasoning skills? Hosted by @Arithmaticks
2019-01-15 ‘Which one doesn’t belong?’ (WODB) challenges: do you use them? If so, how? Hosted by @martynyeouk
2019-01-22 Multiplicative reasoning: the key to fluency and deeper understanding. How do you help pupils acquire it? Hosted by @AlisonHopperMEI
2019-01-29 How do you interpret ‘retrieval practice’ and ‘interleaving’? Ideas for the classroom? Hosted by @JennyHillParker
2019-02-05 Natural tensions in the mathematics classroom: how do you manage them? Hosted by @Arithmaticks
2019-02-12 Hooking them in! What are great ways to start a maths lesson? Hosted by @RJS2212
2019-02-26 Links with parents: how do you establish and maintain them? Hosted by @martynyeouk
2019-03-05 Making the most of a visualiser in your mathematics classroom: how do you use yours? Hosted by @ballyzero
2019-03-12 How to use the context of measurement to good effect in the teaching of decimals? Hosted by @AlisonHopperMEI
2019-03-19 Helping pupils turn word-phrases into expressions and statements into equations. Hosted by @Arithmaticks
2019-03-26 What kinds of question facilitate mathematical learning? Hosted by @LaSalleEd
2019-04-02 How can Teaching Assistants best support mathematics teaching and learning? Hosted by @martynyeouk. NB: this topic was repeated on 16 April because of variation in the Easter break across the country
2019-04-30 Finding the nth term of a quadratic sequence: how do your pupils learn to do it? Hosted by @Arithmaticks
2019-05-07 Cuisenaire rods: what has worked particularly well for you? Hosted by @AlisonHopperMEI
2019-05-14 Representing algebraic relationships graphically at A level. Hosted by @mcnally_gerry
2019-05-21 Ways of getting pupils to deeply-understand and use times tables: what works well? Hosted by @RJS2212
2019-06-04 Mathematical resilience: what does it look like, and how can we support it? Hosted by @martynyeouk
2019-06-11 Pupils’ mathematics learning during the first half term of Year 7: what are your plans for next term? Hosted by @mathsmumof2
2019-06-18 Multiples, factors and prime numbers: teaching pupils to understand how they're connected and how they can be used! Hosted by @mcnally_gerry
2019-06-25 How can you make the best use of mini whiteboards in maths lessons? Hosted by @ballyzero
2019-07-02 How do you use variation in your teaching? Hosted by @Arithmaticks
2019-07-09 What advice would you give to a teacher who is about to become the Mathematics Lead in their school? Hosted by @martynyeouk
2019-07-16 Mathematics manipulatives other than Cuisenaire® rods: how have you used them? Hosted by @mcnally_gerry
2019-09-10 2019 GCSE exams and results: what have you learnt from them? Hosted by @Arithmaticks
2019-09-17 2019 A level exams and results: what have you learnt from them? Hosted by @DrBennison
2019-09-24 Ratio: how best to help pupils, from KS1 to KS5, gradually develop understanding and use of this fundamental aspect of maths? Hosted by @AlisonHopperMEI
2019-10-01 ‘Structural arithmetic’: helping pupils use what they know in a way that exploits underlying mathematical structure, rather than calculating ‘blindly’. Hosted by @mcnally_gerry
2019-10-08 How best to help low-attaining KS4 students succeed at Foundation level GCSE? Hosted by @Arithmaticks
2019-10-15 Solving multi-step problems: helping pupils learn to select and link-up constituent steps into a logical chain. Hosted by @ballyzero
2019-10-29 Core Maths: how do--and how might--the courses and associated resources benefit your students? Hosted by @MrsMathematica
2019-11-05 How do you use variation when teaching addition and subtraction of numbers with up to 4 digits? Hosted by Martin Yeo
2019-11-12 Continuity of learning from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3: what are the issues? Hosted by Alison Hopper
2019-11-19 How do you teach pupils to solve those ‘end-of-paper’ GCSE questions on vectors? Hosted by Dani Quinn
2019-11-26 Finding and using authentic contexts to generate mathematical learning. Hosted by Catherine van Saarloos
2019-12-03 Assessment for learning: is it really necessary to mark pupils' exercise books? Hosted by Kathryn Darwin
2019-12-10 Christmas maths tasks that result in new learning. Hosted by Martyn Yeo
2019-12-17 Your work in maths education this term: what went particularly well? Hosted by Kathryn Darwin
2020-01-07 Errors and knowledge gaps revealed by marking this year's GCSE mocks. And how to address them. Hosted by Kathryn Darwin
2020-01-14 Engaging parents with their children’s maths learning. Hosted by Simon Ball
2020-01-21 Using technology to enhance A level maths learning. Hosted by Tom Bennison 
2020-01-28 Surds and indices: how to use pupils’ learning about one to support their learning about the other? Hosted by Kathryn Darwin
2020-02-04 Learning to use percentages, from pupils’ first ideas through to Key Stages 4/5. Hosted by Catherine van Saarloos
2020-02-11 Which strategies do you find work best in helping pupils learn (i.e. securely retain) their times tables facts? Hosted by @martynyeouk
2020-02-25 What are your most effective/favourite ways to start and end maths lessons? Hosted by Dani Quinn
2020-03-03 How do you teach pupils to solve simultaneous equations? Hosted by Esther Stevens
2020-03-10 Supporting pupils in progressing from operating with whole numbers only to operating with fractions. Hosted by Gerry McNally
2020-03-17 How do your students learn to understand and use multiplicative reasoning from KS1 through to KS4? Hosted by Simon Ball
2020-03-24 Keeping learning going while schools are closed: share your strategies! Hosted by Kathryn Darwin
2020-03-31 Continuing to support pupils' learning in these difficult circumstances. Hosted by Kathryn Darwin
2020-04-21 How are you motivating pupils to engage with maths at home? Hosted by Dani Quinn
2020-04-28 Estimating exam grades: what departmental strategies are you considering? Hosted by Kathryn Darwin
2020-05-05 Planning to address gaps in learning when schools reopen: what are the issues? Hosted by Kathryn Darwin
2020-05-12 What maths tasks are your Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils doing at home? Hosted by Martyn Yeo
2020-05-19 Transition from primary to secondary school? How can we make this as smooth as possible in this unique year? Hosted by Alison Hopper
2020-06-02 How do you plan to organise Y7 maths groups in September, given this year's unique circumstances? Hosted by @DirectorMaths
2020-06-09 What maths are you doing with Year 6 at this unique time? Hosted by Alison Hopper
2020-06-16 In the third month of the outbreak, how are you managing to keep maths teaching going? Hosted by Kathryn Darwin
2020-06-23 What maths are your Year 10 and 12 students doing at home or at school at the moment? Hosted by Esther Stevens
2020-06-30 How are you supporting primary pupils who are still learning maths at home? Hosted by Martyn Yeo
2020-07-07 What are you aiming and hoping for the maths teaching and learning of post-16 students to ‘look like’ next term? Hosted by Simon Ball
2020-07-14 How are you planning to get the maths learning of all your students ‘back on track’ next term? Hosted by Kathryn Darwin
2020-09-08 How have the first few days of the new school year been for you? Hosted by Kathryn Darwin
2020-09-15 In what ways is your maths teaching presently different from how it was this time last year? In what ways is it the same? Hosted by Charlotte Hawthorne
2020-09-22 Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers - how are you getting on with planning maths home-learning so that it's always ready? Hosted by Martyn Yeo
2020-09-29 What will you do differently with post-16 students this year? Why? Hosted by Simon Ball
2020-10-06 What concrete materials do you normally use in KS3/4 maths teaching? How are you managing now? Hosted by Charlotte Hawthorne
2020-10-13 What aspects of maths are hard to teach remotely? What can be done about that? Hosted by Kathryn Darwin
2020-10-20 Do students taking GCSE maths exams during this academic year need other-than-usual support? Hosted by @MrHelsbyMaths
2020-11-03 What are good ways (in current learning conditions) for pupils to practise the maths they are learning? Hosted by Charlotte Hawthorne
2020-11-10 The new Primary Guidance for mathematics: what are its implications for teaching and learning in KS3? Hosted by Alison Hopper
2020-11-17 Mixed-attainment maths teaching in Key Stage 3. Hosted by @DirectorMaths
2020-11-24 What tasks are you devising or finding to make the maths learning in any Key Stage particularly interesting during these 'unusual' times? Hosted by Martyn Yeo
2020-12-01 What are you finding to be effective ways to help pupils understand and use fractions?
Hosted by Kathryn Darwin
2020-12-08 What kinds of mistake do students make in mathematics? Why do they make them, and how can you help? Hosted by David Helsby
2020-12-15 What has your maths teaching been like this term? How are you hoping it will be next term? Hosted by Kathryn Darwin

 

#mathscpdchat during the 2020 school closures

Summaries from before Easter

31/03/20 Continuing to support pupils' learning in these difficult circumstances. Hosted by Kathryn Darwin

24/03/20 Keeping learning going while schools are closed: share your strategies! Hosted by Kathryn Darwin

And from after Easter

21/04/20 How are you motivating pupils to engage with maths at home?. Hosted by Dani Quinn

28/04/20 Estimating exam grades: what departmental strategies are you considering? Hosted by Kathryn Darwin

05/05/20 Planning to address gaps in learning when schools reopen: what are the issues? Hosted by Kathryn Darwin

12/05/20 What maths tasks are your Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils doing at home? Hosted by Martyn Yeo

19/05/20 Transition from primary to secondary school? How can we make this as smooth as possible in this unique year? Hosted by Alison Hopper

02/06/20 How do you plan to organise Y7 maths groups in September, given this year's unique circumstances? Hosted by @DirectorMaths

09/06/20 What maths are you doing with Year 6 at this unique time? Hosted by Alison Hopper

16/06/20 In the third month of the outbreak, how are you managing to keep maths teaching going? Hosted by Kathryn Darwin

23/06/20 What maths are your Year 10 and 12 students doing at home or at school at the moment? Hosted by Esther Stevens

30/06/20 How are you supporting primary pupils who are still learning maths at home? Hosted by Martyn Yeo

07/07/20 What are you aiming and hoping for the maths teaching and learning of post-16 students to ‘look like’ next term? Hosted by Simon Ball

14/07/20 How are you planning to get the maths learning of all your students ‘back on track’ next term? Host: Kathryn Darwin

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