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Issue 147 of our Secondary Magazine is now out

Created on 22 March 2018 by ncetm_administrator

'Macro-blossom-twig' by Troy Jarrell (adapted), in the public domain

In the latest issue of our Secondary Magazine we look at bringing statistics to life with Large Data Sets, and ask, who decides what maths is on the curriculum?

Large Data Sets is new on the curriculum at A level. Bruce Hampton, an experienced maths teacher but new to teaching A level statistics, reflects for us on how he integrated the Large Data Set (LDS) into his lessons to encourage students to unpick the information in more detail. In this article, he explains how the LDS, rather than being a lesson ‘bolt-on’, is a tool for enabling investigation and discussion across all statistics topics.

Are you teaching the same maths that you learned at school (Large Data Sets notwithstanding)? In this issue we look at what constitutes ‘school mathematics’ and consider what opportunities there are for teachers to take students outside and beyond the standard curriculum to deepen and enhance their understanding of mathematics.

And some other things to draw to your attention:

  • Girls can do anything they put their mind to – especially maths! In this interview from National Numeracy with Rachel Riley, co-presenter of Countdown, she busts some myths about gender and maths
  • The DfE has announced details of the new Advanced Maths Premium which will be paid to schools who increase numbers of students taking Level 3 maths qualifications. Schools will receive £600 for every additional student taking A level Maths, Further Maths, Statistics or Core Maths. You can learn more about how it will work here
  • Our latest podcast will get you heading back to your bookshelf! Five teachers describe the books that really made a difference to their maths teaching
  • MEI have just published their March newsletter, full of news, views and updates from our partner organisation, as well as a link to practice papers for MEI AS and A levels
  • Wednesday 16 May is National Numeracy Day. Schools and teachers are invited to get involved so their students can understand how numeracy is far more than simply what they experience in their maths lessons.

Each magazine can be downloaded as a PDF document, and you can catch up on any previous issues you may have missed in the Secondary Magazine Archive. We have an RSS feed for each of our online magazines so you never need miss another issue.

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