Welcome to our final Newsletter of 2018. From all of us at the NCETM, have an enjoyable and restful Christmas break.
In this month's Newsletter:
The benefits of being a Primary Mastery Specialist
In a new podcast, a primary teacher from Coventry, who trained as a Mastery Specialist two years ago, explains how she and her school have benefited, and how her school is keeping the mastery momentum going.
Teaching for mastery in primary schools: funded opportunities for 2019/20
During the 2018/19 school year, Maths Hubs across England are working with thousands of primary schools in a programme of professional development, designed to support schools in implementing a teaching for mastery approach to maths.
This funded CPD opportunity will be available again in 2019/20, with hundreds more places in every part of England. You can register your interest now, either by contacting your local Maths Hub or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s more information on this flyer or at https://www.ncetm.org.uk/masteryrecruitment.
A chance to see primary and secondary maths teachers from Shanghai in a classroom near you!
Early next year, primary and secondary schools across England are playing host to exchange teachers from Shanghai, and in 43 schools, there’s a chance to observe a ‘Shanghai Showcase’ lesson given by the visiting teacher.
Find out which schools are taking part, and book your place
Early Years maths: new support and experts’ podcast
There’s a new area of our website, focusing on how Reception age and younger children develop their early mathematical thinking. It aims to help teachers and practitioners in Early Years settings have a clearer understanding of how children build early number sense, and to provide tips on how best to support that learning.
You can listen to the authors, Viv Lloyd (NCETM Assistant Director with responsibility for Early Years) and Dr Sue Gifford (Mathematics Education Department, Roehampton University), in discussion in our podcast, How Early Years children develop mathematical thinking.
NCETM secondary teaching for mastery ITE conferences
We’ve added an extra date for the free conference for ITE tutors on teaching for mastery approaches in secondary schools in 2019: more places in London (28 January), and now also in Birmingham (25 February).
Those involved in secondary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) are invited to come and find out more about teaching for mastery – the pedagogy, and how Maths Hubs projects are supporting secondary schools to introduce the approach.
Find out more and book a place
In our most recent Primary Magazine, we feature a school in a rural part of Northumberland engaging in the new Maths Hubs Mastery Readiness Programme, as well as teachers from a school in the South West who have shared their experience of piloting our Primary Mastery Professional Development Materials.
Meanwhile, in our new Secondary Magazine, we hear from a teacher who loves the ideas and support that judicious use of Twitter can provide, and puts them to good use when thinking about where to begin teaching surds. And for those teaching mechanics for the first time this year, another teacher shares his inspired ideas for introducing the constant acceleration equations. Incidentally, teaching surds was the topic for our #mathscpdchat discussion on 4 December - there's a summary here.
- For those applying for an undergraduate degree considering teaching as a career afterwards, it may be worth considering the Future Teaching Scholars Programme, offering £15,000 of support during undergraduate years.
- The Advanced Mathematics Support Programme’s Maths Feast is back! Maths Feast is a fun educational challenge for teams of four Year 10 students, which tests problem-solving and teamwork skills. Regional heats begin across the country in early 2019. Reservations are now open.
- The RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch gives an opportunity to explore statistics in a meaningful cross-curricular context. Registration is now open, and the final day for results submission is 22 February 2019. Resources and more information are available on the RSPB website.
Please do contact us if you have any comments on this newsletter.