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NCETM December 2010 Newsletter

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Last updated 07 December 2010 by ncetm_administrator

Digital technologies: a new beginning. An NCETM report into the use of ICT in mathematics
The NCETM has published a report into the use of digital technologies in mathematics classrooms. Pointing the way to many excellent resources, the report goes on to make eight recommendations for the NCETM with regard to the use of digital technologies. Some of these recommendations have already been carried out, for example, the NCETM online magazines carry regular items on the use of ICT in the mathematics classroom. Others will be seen over the next year as a new microsite is published and developed. The microsite will include a self-evaluation matrix for the use of ICT in the primary and secondary phases, developed by the NCETM in collaboration with BECTA. Download the report - as a PDF document.

NCETM statement on the Education ‘White Paper’
The National Centre is pleased to see the Coalition Government’s focus on supporting mathematics and science in the White Paper, The Importance of Teaching. Professor Celia Hoyles, Director of the National Centre, commented “I am particularly pleased to see the intention to improve the skills of existing teachers, and to develop specialist teachers in primary schools. We look forward to working with the Government and with schools across the country in ensuring continued and increasing excellence in the teaching of mathematics.” The NCETM also noted the Coalition Government’s commitment to professional development, and to the importance of subject knowledge.

The National Centre already supports teachers of mathematics in the development of their subject knowledge through Self-evaluation Tools, through collaboration with other teachers and through classroom-based enquiry. It looks forward to continuing to support this essential aspect of teaching mathematics.

College mathematics tutor wins top award at House of Commons
The National Centre is delighted that Viera Ferrar, a mathematics tutor at Barnet College, has been recognised with a prestigious LSIS STAR Award. Viera has had close associations with the NCETM through the Centre’s work for Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) Programme. As a Subject Learning Coach she has attended National Centre network meetings over a number of years. She is also a member of a group from the South East and London who continued meeting in the summer by themselves when the LSIS meetings came to an end. National Centre Director Celia Hoyles said: “Teachers like Viera are an inspiration to us all and we are extremely proud to have been able to support her through one of our LSIS networks. This sort of collaboration between teachers of mathematics, where experience and resources are shared, can have a major impact on learners and contribute significantly to their ultimate success in this key subject.”

Snow fails to stop us learning together
Despite appalling weather conditions, an intrepid band of mathematics enthusiasts still managed to make it to the NCETM National CPD Conference Professional Learning Networks: learning better through learning together at the Megacentre, Sheffield, on 1 December 2010. The event encouraged and supported teachers and ITE students in developing networking and collaboration, showcasing successful initiatives in networking as an effective contribution to CPD. A revised programme saw participants getting their teeth into workshops on National Centre funded projects, how to carry out and writie up research and the benefits of subject associations. We are sorry if you were unable to attend this event and hope you will join us for the next National CPD Conference on 23 March 2011 in London. To register your interest email events@ncetm.org.uk.

National Centre RSS feeds keep mathematics teachers in the loop
RSS feeds are available from certain areas of the NCETM portal, including News, the Early Years, Primary, Secondary and FE Magazines, Newsletters, Regional Updates and Blogs. A feed is an easy way of keeping up to date with content which changes, or which is added to frequently – such as Magazines or News. For example, subscribers recently found out about a free secondary mathematics CPD event, on 27 January 2011, in London and about the Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses 30th anniversary. Subscribe now and make sure you’re the first to know.

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