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NCETM Update - March 2012

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Last updated 23 March 2012 by ncetm_administrator

The future of the NCETM – a message from Professor Celia Hoyles, Director

I am delighted to inform you that the work of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics will, with an amended focus, continue for another three years following the selection by the Department for Education of a consortium led by Tribal and including the Institute of Education, University of London, MEI and Myscience.

Taking the best from international comparisons, leading educational thinkers and current practice, the NCETM’s new remit offers a sustainable programme of mathematics CPD to support national teaching schools and other improvement partners in their work with schools and teachers. For example, amongst other things, the programme will provide support materials and guidance for the teaching of calculation in primary schools. Continue to read more about the new programme on our news pages.

NCETM 'essentials' - bringing the resources of the NCETM together

Three new ‘essentials’ packages have been created for the new term. These ‘essentials’ bring a variety of NCETM resources together in one place to answer the questions what makes a rich task for secondary mathematics?, how does mathematics fit inside other STEM subjects?, and how can A level students get a deeper mathematical understanding?. See them, and others including packages suitable for primary schools in the NCETM essentials guidance section.

We’re all part of a community of learners

The NCETM portal has a number of communities where registered users can ask questions and get help from other teachers and mathematics educators. Why not try the sector-specific early years, primary, secondary or FE communities? Or for those more general questions, then the Maths Café is the place to start. All are welcome, and we look forward to seeing 2012 becoming a year of community.

It’s not too late for some Easter professional development: invigorate your teaching

Both the Mathematical Association (MA) and the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) have their annual conferences this Easter. Pick one or the other, or indeed both for conferences renowned as being interesting, innovative and invigorating.

It all kicks off with the ATM conference, Enigmas, 2 - 5 April in Swansea, followed by the MA conference, Learning from Others, which runs 10-12 April at Keele University. Both of these are well regarded and well attended opportunities for CPD. There are only a few places left, so don’t miss out.

The NCETM and social media

The NCETM has its own Twitter profile and also a page on Facebook. Keep up to date as news comes in, and share items you find useful. We’ll do the same and in this way, you can keep up to date with all that’s happening in the world of mathematics education.

Register with us!

If you haven’t already registered on the NCETM portal, it’s free and easy, so please do join us now. Once registered you can add your comments and discussions to any of the articles, blogs or discussions.

Please do contact us if you have any comments on this newsletter.

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