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Have you considered applying to form a Maths Knowledge Network (MKN)? Taking part in an NCETM-funded project and working collaboratively with colleagues can be fun, stimulating and a good CPD experience.
The new round of applications for MKN funding is now open and applications should be submitted electronically, to arrive no later than noon on Monday 10 May 2010; an application form and accompanying guidance notes are available to download.
MKNs may consist of teachers from a single school, college or other training provider institution, or teachers from several establishments. Each network must have a specific area of interest, with an underlying focus on mathematical knowledge, which the NCETM defines as having three dimensions:
- mathematics content knowledge
- mathematics-specific pedagogy
- embedding these in practice.
The NCETM has identified a list of proposed titles and focused areas of engagement for MKNs over the period 2009-2011. Small amounts of funding are being offered to support the development of MKNs. There will be a simple bidding process, following which the network of teachers will commit to following a programme of enquiry and reporting back to the NCETM and, through the NCETM, to other teachers on their progress and findings.
The selected networks will each be awarded £2 000 and have access to a ‘starting points’ pack which will support enquiry into this aspect of mathematics teaching and learning. In addition, the NCETM will provide support and guidance through one of its regional coordinators as well as access to a regional network of teachers of mathematics supported by the NCETM.
Why not have a look at previous funded projects and consider whether you and your colleagues could benefit from forming a MKN?