Improving Learning in Mathematics was developed with teachers, trainers and managers by the (then) DfES Standards Unit and launched in 2005 as part of the National Teaching and Learning Change Programme in the further education learning and skills sector. This programme was designed to transform teaching, training and learning in selected subjects by developing and supporting Subject Learning Coaches.
The resource was made available to schools from 2006 and the approaches have been adopted extensively across all phases. Although 'hard' copies are no longer available, the resource is available online - see the paragraph Where can I find the resource? below.
What's in the resource?
The multi-media resource Improving Learning in Mathematics (ILIM) builds on existing successful practice and explores approaches that encourage a more active way of learning through the use of group work, discussion and open questioning. Learners are encouraged to ‘have a go’, become more independent and reflective about their mathematics, to learn to think mathematically rather than simply learning rules and most importantly, to enjoy their mathematics.
You can find out more about these approaches and some of the background research to the project by downloading the book Improving learning in mathematics: challenges and strategies, written by Malcolm Swan as an introduction to the resource.
Where can I find the resource?
Most of the materials from the ILIM pack can be downloaded from National STEM Centre e-library
Thinking Through Mathematics is a professional development package, designed as an online version of the Maths4Life resource. It takes you through a professional development programme, introducing you to the strategies and approaches that lie at the heart of the Thinking Through Mathematics resource. It was designed for anyone who teaches courses involving mathematics (including numeracy and Functional Mathematics) from Entry level through to Level 2 but has been widely used across other sectors.
CPD in Action: Mathematics is an online module for teachers of post-16 mathematics. To access the module you will need to be logged in to the NCETM portal.
Further resources which focus on the quality of teaching and learning in mathematics are available from the National STEM Centre e-library in their LSIS STEM collection
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