Someone on our team sent me a link to the American National Gallery of Art kids website, which I thought would be great to share. It is great fun and enables you or your children to create your own art work. Enjoy it!
Recently available to download is a report from Ofsted, which evaluates the aspects of the National Strategies that have been effective, and those that have been less so, and how leaders and managers at regional and local levels of the National Strategies have judged their impact. Almost all the schools visited considered that the National Strategies had contributed to improving the quality of teaching, learning, the use of assessment and valued their materials. However, they felt that the frequent introduction of new initiatives has led to overload and diminished their potential effectiveness: it is worth a read. As always we’d love to hear your comments in the Primary Forum (or you can contact us by email, if you prefer).
Did you know that more money has been allocated to support a second cohort of Mathematics Specialist Teachers (MaST) as an on-going commitment to Sir Peter William’s recommendation? If you are interested in seeing whether you would be suitable, why not have a look at the Self Assessment Tool and find out? Or you can find out more about the role on the MaST microsite.
Finally, for the last few issues of the magazine we have told you about regional projects and tried to encourage you to apply for one. If you would like to try something a little more substantial you might like to apply for funding for a Mathematics Knowledge Network (MKN). There is more information about these and how to apply for them on the MKN area of the portal; applications must be received no later than noon on 10 May 2010.