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NCETM Newsletter - May 2018

Created on 16 May 2018 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 17 May 2018 by ncetm_administrator

And quick as a flash, we’re into the exam season! Anyway, with half an eye on planning for September, we’ve just launched the first part of our new Early Years support materials, which are already proving to be very popular.

Also this month:

Early Years support materials available to accompany CBeebies series

We’ve just published the first section of a new range of materials designed to assist Early Years (and Year 1) practitioners who are introducing children to early number, and they’re already proving to be very popular! Using the CBeebies Numberblocks series as a launch pad, the materials enable practitioners to move on confidently from each episode, helping children to bring the numbers and ideas to life in the world around them.

Read more

Teaching for mastery opportunities for secondary schools

There's an opportunity for secondary school maths departments to join a free professional development programme, led by established Mastery Specialists. It follows the successful model already successful in thousands of primary schools.

This follows our recruitment earlier this month of a third wave of teachers to join the secondary Mastery Specialists programme. Applications for this close on 7 June.

Meanwhile, in our latest podcast, two maths teachers discuss their involvement with the expanding Maths Hubs programme that is introducing teaching for mastery into secondary schools across England.

Teaching for Mastery in primary schools

As mentioned last month, Maths Hubs are also looking to recruit more than two thousand primary schools to join ongoing professional development work in the field of teaching for mastery from September 2018 – closing dates vary from hub to hub, so get in touch with your local Maths Hub to find out more.

Maths Hubs Programme expansion in the North

The Maths Hubs Network is to be extended, with the creation over the next two years, of two new Maths Hubs, one serving central Lancashire, and one serving Cheshire and the Wirral. In addition, leadership capacity will be extended in other Maths Hubs in the North of England, by the appointment of new, school-based Assistant Maths Hub Leads to widen the geographical reach of each hub.

Find out more, including details of the application process

Our weekly #mathscpdchat Twitter discussions

We’ve changed the format of the summaries of our weekly Twitter discussions, which had been created using the online tool, Storify, which ceased operation at the end of April 2018. Shortly before it was taken out of service, we extracted each summary as a PDF document. Now, we’re producing a brief summary of each discussion, which will highlight some particularly pertinent tweets and useful ideas and resources recommended by participants. We hope you’ll find the new format useful – and if you like what you see, don’t forget to join in with the discussions each term-time Tuesday evening, 7-8pm, following the hashtag #mathscpdchat!

Grants and funding opportunities

  • If you’re a new career teacher attending MEI’s annual conference at the end of June, you may be eligible for a 50% bursary being offered by Autograph to support your attendance – the application deadline has been extended to 24 May.
  • Applications are also open for travelling fellowships from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT), which funds educational trips for teachers travelling abroad to look at good and innovative practice. Full details, including eligibility criteria and an online application form, are available on the WCMT website. Applications close on 18 September.
  • The British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) has introduced a small grants scheme to encourage the study of the history of mathematics. The aim of the scheme is to provide small grants (from £100 to £500) for specific research purposes. There are two rounds of funding each year – closing on 30 September and 31 March.

In brief

  • The National STEM Learning Centre’s annual four-day summer school, New to teaching A level mathematics, run in conjunction with MEI and the University of Sheffield, is designed for teachers who have little, or no, experience of teaching A level mathematics. ENTHUSE Bursaries are available to eligible schools.
  • In 2019, the Association of Teachers of Mathematics and The Mathematical Association are joining forces to hold a single annual conference in just over 47 weeks (!), from 15-18 April. Both the ATM and MA websites have more information.

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