Welcome to our final Newsletter of 2017, which comes at a time when substantial new funding for maths education is being announced by the Government. From all of us at the NCETM, have an enjoyable and restful Christmas break.
In this month's Newsletter:
NCETM welcomes new Government money for maths
Among the wave of announcements of new money for maths education and the Maths Hubs programme was news, in the Chancellor’s budget speech, of a £600 grant paid to schools and colleges for every extra pupil taking A level Maths and Core Maths courses. Details of exactly how and when this will be paid are still being worked out. But the announcement was given a broad welcome by the NCETM Director, Charlie Stripp, saying:
“This new funding has the potential to stimulate further growth in uptake of A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and to really boost the uptake of Core Maths.”
New additions to Mastery PD Materials for primary maths
We’ve added two more segments to the professional development materials in the teaching for mastery section of our website. The new segments (1.7 and 1.8) further extend the resource launched in November that helps teachers design lessons on number, addition and subtraction in Year 1. The materials will continue to grow throughout this school year.
Guidance on KS2 and 3 maths teaching highlights NCETM teaching for mastery elements
An analysis from the lead researcher behind a report on successful maths teaching at Key Stages 2 and 3 has concluded that the guidance flowing from the report supports all the elements of teaching for mastery promoted by the NCETM. Jeremy Hodgen, Chair of Mathematics Education at the UCL Institute of Education, explained his conclusions in a blog for the Education Endowment Foundation, which published the guidance report in November.
New NCETM podcast
We’ve just released the second podcast of our new series, in which representatives from AQA, Edexcel and OCR discuss broad themes emerging from the marking of the first sitting of the new, harder, maths GCSE. The boards have all identified ratio, reasoning and algebra as areas which teachers could profitably prioritise, based on the performance of Year 11 students in the exam.
Although our first two podcasts have so far dealt with secondary themes, we’ll be back early in the new year with a podcast covering collaborative lesson observation of primary school maths lessons.
Details of how to subscribe to our podcasts are on our podcast page – and we’re interested in your feedback, either via iTunes or PodBean.
NCETM Mastery pages
We’ve made two additions to our pages covering all aspect of teaching for mastery. There’s a collection of material bringing together some of the articles and research that have influenced our work in this area. And, teachers taking part in the secondary Mastery Specialists programme, have collectively produced a paper that attempts to encapsulate core themes of teaching for mastery in the secondary school context.
In our most recent Primary Magazine there’s a thoughtful article by a primary teacher on being observed the ‘Shanghai way’, and a report from a primary teacher using inspiration from the local beach to create a lesson on estimation.
Meanwhile, in the latest Secondary Magazine we highlight some of the joys of teaching Core Maths (including arguments for the non-existence of Santa), and offer some support and commentary on using our new KS3 Mastery Assessment Materials.
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 magazine archives.
Shanghai Showcase Events
In mid-January, the second wave of primary teachers from Shanghai arrive in England as part of the ongoing England-China exchange programme. They will spend two weeks teaching maths to primary school classes in Maths Hubs areas across England, including ‘showcase’ lessons where observation seating for up to 100 teachers is organised. Contact your local Maths Hub to find out if there’s a showcase near you in the week beginning Monday 22 January.
Job opportunity in NCETM Communications Team
We’re looking for someone with experience in communications to join the small team that writes this newsletter, keeps our website up to date, and creates articles and stories about all our work and that of the Maths Hubs. If you have relevant experience, or you know someone who might be interested, see our job advert. The closing date is 8 January 2018.
- A set of five-minute videos, providing ideas for A level Maths/Further Maths lessons, is now on the website of the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP). Each video covers an overarching theme (e.g. proof) and is accompanied by resources both for use in the classroom, and for professional development with colleagues. If you're interested, you could join their PD Video Club and take part in a Twitter discussion around a single video each week, which resumes on 8 January 2018.
- Two further bursaries of £250 are available to encourage secondary teachers to attend the British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME) in April 2018: the condition is that you attend at least four parts of the BCME ICT strand. Please apply by 15 January 2018, stating your interest in mathematics technology, to Douglas Butler.
- Another round of £15 000 scholarships from the DfE is being offered to help support future maths and physics teachers through university and into teaching, under the Future Teaching Scholars programme. The closing date for the current round of applications, for those starting degree courses in autumn 2018, is 21 January 2018.
- Researchers at Cambridge Assessment are undertaking a study to understand how the current reforms to AS and A levels are affecting schools and colleges. If you are a Head of Department at a school or college offering AS or A levels, they would like your help by taking part in a survey to share your views. It will take approximately 15 minutes, and you could win a £100 book token; the closing date is 31 January 2018.
- An opportunity to explore statistics in a meaningful cross-curricular context is available through participation in the RSPB’s Big Schools' Birdwatch (part of the Big Garden Birdwatch) which runs from 2 January to 23 February 2018, with registration opening on 13 December. Resources and more information are available on the RSPB website.
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