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NCETM Newsletter - July 2017

Created on 10 July 2017 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 12 July 2017 by ncetm_administrator

For many, the summer break is now tantalisingly close. We’re introducing a series of new short videos where teachers reflect mastery approaches in secondary schools. Have a good break, and we’ll see you after the summer!

Also this month:

New videos: mastery approaches in secondary schools


During the 2016-17 school year, all Maths Hubs have been participating in a national project to start exploring teaching for mastery approaches in secondary schools. Between two and four teachers from secondary schools in each Maths Hub have taken part in a programme, with three residentials over the course of the year, developmental work back at school, and ongoing communication and discussion in online communities.

This term, we asked some of the teachers for some examples of what was changing at their schools as a result of their participation, both in their own classrooms, and in their work with colleagues in maths departments. We’ve just published a collection of videos over on the Maths Hubs website, where a number of the teachers share their reflections.

NCETM Magazines

If you’ve been too busy recently to spend some time reading our magazines, summer is a good chance to catch up! In our most recent Primary Magazine we look at the phenomenon of maths anxiety, and delve into our rich archive to suggest some maths INSET activities for the start of the next school year. Meanwhile, in our current Secondary Magazine, we feature some Secondary Mastery Specialists talking about changes they’ve made to their practice in their first year, our partners at Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) tell us about their exciting new resources, and there’s a feature on Citizen Maths.

Qualifications and Curriculum pages

If you’re interested in keeping up to date with information, guidance and policy changes in the area of qualifications and curriculum, why not sign up to receive updates on our page dedicated to this purpose? It might mean, on an otherwise busy day, you don’t miss a piece of important news in an area of maths education that particularly concerns you. You can also find updates posted in our online forum, and follow us on Twitter at @NCETMQandC.

Keep your details up to date!

In case you’re moving school or college over the summer, now is a good time to check that your user information is up to date – especially if this means a change of email address. Changing your account details is quick and easy: our Frequently Asked Questions page has full details. If you need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

In brief

  • The summer round of applications for the Royal Society Partnership Grants scheme closes on 31 July. The scheme provides grants of up to £3,000 for science or maths projects run at a primary or secondary school or college in partnership with a professional scientist or engineer.
  • Have you heard about the Mathsworld UK project, which plans to establish the UK’s first ever maths exploratorium? Find out what that means, and how you can get involved here.

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