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NCETM Newsletter - October 2017

Created on 09 October 2017 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 12 October 2017 by ncetm_administrator

Nearly half-term, and things are already very busy. We’ve just published new materials to help secondary maths teachers assess the depth of pupils' understanding, and the latest issue of Bespoke is out, detailing Maths Hubs projects underway this year.

Also in this Newsletter

New secondary mastery assessment materials

We’ve just published new materials designed to help secondary teachers assess the degree to which pupils have mastered concepts within the maths curriculum. Written by experts and classroom teachers, the materials consist of tasks and activities designed to expose two degrees of understanding: mastery and mastery with greater depth. We hope they’ll be as popular and useful as the primary version.

NCETM Director’s blog on post-16 Maths

In his latest blog on the post-16 maths landscape, the NCETM's Director, Charlie Stripp, argues that students with GCSE grade 5 should be able to tackle A level Maths. And this was the subject of one of our recent weekly #mathscpdchat discussions on Twitter.

Bespoke - news from the Maths Hubs programme

The latest issue of Bespoke has now been published. There’s news of more funding for the Maths Hubs programme, a summary of the wide range of projects Maths Hubs will be running this year, and an item exploring what we mean by the word ‘fluency.’

NCETM Magazines

In this half-term’s Primary Magazine we take a look at the curriculum areas covered by this summer’s KS2 SATs, and there’s a taste of the first chunk of the soon-to-be-published NCETM Mastery PD Materials, that will track a mathematical learning journey from Y1-Y6.

Meanwhile, the latest Secondary Magazine looks in detail at how teachers might best prepare students for the sort of challenges presented by the new GCSE exam papers, and we signpost information, resources and training to help you get up to speed with teaching for the new A level.

You'll need to be registered with us and logged in to access the magazines in full - and there are plenty more editions to explore in the Primary and Secondary archives.

Proposal to merge the Maths Subject Associations

There's a proposal to unite the five Subject Associations (AMET, ATM, MA, NAMA and NANAMIC) in a single organisation, with a number of subsidiary special interest groups. If you have views about this, please do contact the subject associations.

In brief

  • Grants of up to £500 towards choosing a maths activity listed in the online STEM Directory are being offered by the Royal Institution (Ri), funded by The Clothworkers’ Foundation. The scheme is designed to help integrate maths enrichment and enhancement activities into school practice and to support teachers’ professional development. The application deadline is 31 October. For more information and to apply, visit the Ri website, or contact grants@ri.ac.uk.
  • The British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME) is being held in Warwick from 3-6 April 2018. BCME is a celebration of mathematics education organised by the JMC participating societies, and is held every four years. There is a wide selection of workshops, talks, discussion groups, and more. Booking is now open, and details of how to apply for bursaries of up to £300 will be available shortly.

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