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Stories of change - moving from '2' to '1'

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Created on 23 November 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 07 April 2010 by ncetm_administrator

At our school we have a departmental meeting once a week – a fact that is welcomed by everyone as the school provides a free lunch! I try to ensure that any administrative tasks are kept to an absolute minimum and I deal with a lot of the more tedious issues throughout the week, often communicating through a whiteboard and staff pigeon-holes in our ‘Maths Office’. This was something that I had to work hard to achieve though. When I started as subject leader in the department, the members of the team were used to meeting once every half term and there were some who could not see the point in meeting more often. It was only after my attitude towards dealing with the administrative items became clear and two NQTs joined the department that it became possible. What finally convinced those who were less sure about this, is the fact that the focus on sharing ideas and talking about mathematics actually made the time spent together enjoyable.

Every other meeting has dedicated time for discussing a unit on our schemes of work which is coming up soon. Staff bring along ideas and resources, and we discuss common misconceptions and how to help the pupils avoid them. I try to make sure that every member of the department has the opportunity to attend one professional development course each year, and they are expected to feed back to the rest of the team as a result. It has taken time, but the enthusiasm for teaching mathematics is evident throughout the department, and the feedback from pupils suggests that they appreciate this. 

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