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NCETM Newsletter - February 2018

Created on 13 February 2018 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 13 February 2018 by ncetm_administrator

If you want to train to become a specialist – primary or secondary - in mastery approaches to teaching maths, then now’s the time to apply!

Also this month:

Primary and secondary teachers sought to take forward teaching for mastery: deadline for secondary recruitment approaching

We’ve announced details of the recruitment of two further waves of teachers - one primary, one secondary - to become specialists in mastery approaches to teaching maths, bith within the Maths Hubs programme.

  • Primary: each Maths Hub will select four teachers to take part in the development year of the programme during 2018-19, and, in the following year, work with small groups of nearby schools to help them introduce teaching for mastery themselves. More information and an application form can be downloaded here. Closing date: 5 March 2018.
  • Secondary: each Maths Hubs will select between two and four teachers to attend training events, and start in-school work, during this school year (2017-18), and continue their work next year (2018-19) and beyond. More information and an application form can be downloaded here. Closing date: 19 February 2018.

England-China maths teacher exchange extended to 2020

The government has announced that the successful teacher exchange between schools in England and Shanghai, run by Maths Hubs, is to be extended for at least two further years: 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. This means that the exchange, launched in autumn 2014, will run in six consecutive years. Read more

New Maths Hubs video looks back at the first three full years of the Maths Hubs Programme

We’ve produced a new short video giving a flavour of the work carried out by Maths Hubs in their first three years. The release coincides with the news that funding for the programme is now secure until 2020.

NCETM Magazines, Podcasts, and #mathscpdchat

In our most recent Primary Magazine we examine continuity of approach from primary to secondary school, focusing on two areas of maths: fractions and subtraction. And in our latest Secondary Magazine we visit two Maths Hubs Network Collaborative Projects: Mathematical Thinking and the new GCSE, and Improving Continuity Across the Y5-8 Transition.

Our latest podcast is a discussion on similar territory: how learning about fractions builds across the four transition years from KS2 to KS3.

And bringing all of this together, our Twitter-based discussion, #mathscpdchat, on 27 February, will focus on how to establish continuity of conceptual development in fractions from Y5 to Y8. Join in, 7-8pm

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.

NCETM Primary Mastery PD Materials

Following the completion of the materials for number, addition and subtraction in Year 1, all of the teacher guides and representations are now available to download as a single zip file. Materials for other year groups will also be downloadable in the same way, as they become available.

Job opportunity in the NCETM Communications Team

We’re looking to appoint a Managing Editor, a role that will oversee all aspects of NCETM and Maths Hubs Network materials and resources production, ensuring that these are professionally produced in every respect, and that they support the teaching of maths in schools and colleges, and/or support the professional development of teachers of maths.

The holder of this new post will provide an important link between the maths-education specialists within the wider NCETM team and the Communications team.

The deadline for applications is 9.00am on 19 February – more information and details of how to apply are on our recruitment page.

In brief

  • The British Council, in collaboration with the NCETM, has developed a free two-day programme for secondary school maths teachers, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in Mathematics, organised by a number of Maths Hubs around England. Five Maths Hubs offered the programme in 2017 with fantastic feedback from participants. Teachers completing the programme are eligible to take part in a unique opportunity to link with a school in Africa, Asia or the Middle East. Dates fixed already for 2018 are those run by South Yorkshire Maths Hub (starting 23 March 2018) and North Mids and Peaks Maths Hub (starting 27 March 2018).
  • There are several current opportunities for schools and colleges to take part in maths-related research projects, including:
  • The Royal Society Partnership Grants Scheme offers £3000 to UK schools or colleges to enable pupils aged 5-18 to carry out STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) research projects in partnership with a STEM professional, and mathematics-based projects are particularly encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is 28 February.
  • Ofqual is currently undertaking a piece of research into entry patterns for A level Maths/Further Maths this summer. If your school as a whole (rather than individual classes) is entering students for reformed A level Mathematics qualifications in 2018, Ofqual would like you to complete their five-minute survey, available until 28 February.

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