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Mathematical reasoning at Key Stage 3: opportunity for secondary schools

Created on 15 September 2016 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 15 September 2016 by ncetm_administrator

The Maths Hubs programme is offering an opportunity for secondary schools to participate in a free series of workshops to help maths departments improve mathematical reasoning at Key Stage 3: a key element of maths learning, and crucial for success at GCSE.

In each of the 35 Maths Hubs across England, there are places for between five and eight secondary schools to take part in a programme of professional development during this school year (2016-2017). Two teachers from each school will attend four workshops throughout the year, and lead gap tasks in their school departments in between. In each Maths Hub a university researcher with expertise in mathematics education will contribute to the workshops. The intended benefits for participant schools include:

  • Deepening of teachers’ understanding of the subject knowledge and pedagogy linked to mathematical reasoning
  • Helping teachers plan more effectively to address the reasoning component within all lessons
  • Developing PD leadership skills among participant teachers
  • Helping departments identify resources and approaches that can be built into schemes of work
  • Improving pupils’ confidence, fluency and logical precision when they engage in mathematical reasoning.

This is the second year this project has run. Reports by teachers from the 180 participant schools last year praised the way the professional development was structured, and said the gap tasks had helped them and their colleagues generate opportunities for pupils to deepen their mathematical understanding and reasoning skills. Comments from teachers included:

‘Excellent new ideas and resources and it has enriched and shifted our departmental practice.’

‘My own personal development has progressed significantly, thank you.’

Schools interested in taking part in this project should applying directly to their local Maths Hub, details of which are included in this form, which also gives more detail about the project. Forms should be returned to Maths Hubs by 14 October.

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