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Secondary Background and Introduction

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Created on 26 April 2011 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 11 May 2011 by ncetm_administrator

Background and Introduction

The Embedding Excellence in Mathematics Leadership project aimed to provide on the NCETM portal a comprehensive support package for any subject leader, but especially those who are inexperienced or facing new challenges. It built upon the Excellence in Mathematics Leadership (EiML) microsite, launched in November 2009. This microsite explores some of the key elements of subject leadership and core responsibilities of this demanding role. It offers a flexible and stimulating way to review where you are now, plan some next steps, and learn from the experiences of other subject leaders through a set of case studies and 'stories of change'.

There were four developments as part of this project:

  1. Online seminars run in October 2010
  2. Embedding EiML Conference held in Birmingham in November 2010. A keynote speech was given by Jane Jones, HMI Specialist Adviser for Mathematics, and workshops based on EiML materials were led by nine Expert Subject Leaders
  3. Support networks set up following the conference and led by the Expert Subject Leaders
  4. Extension of the EiML project to discuss how the EiML materials have improved practice.

Those responsible for leading the project were struck by teachers’ dedication to their professional learning and willingness to give up their free time, whether to attend online seminars in the evening or the conference on a Saturday. The blended learning approach of portal/ conference/ mentoring/ networks provided a good mix for the teachers. The EiML microsite, providing depth and rigour, is evidently a rich source of professional development and support material; subject leaders like what they find. The online sessions and conference provided the personal touch that is so clearly needed to help facilitate this.

This microsite aims to reflect further on these developments and provide insightful connections to the microsite. It contains the following parts:

  • pen pictures of the subject leaders who were involved in the project, showing how their background and experience influenced their approaches to the role. Use these to reflect on your own path to your present position. Try writing a similar pen picture of yourself.
  • four sections exploring how the subject leaders approached various key aspects of the role of subject leader, with many examples of challenges faced and strategies developed to address these. Use these both to reflect on how you would want to play your role in general (particularly how strategic you are in what you do) and to identify particular approaches that you might find helpful.
  • a series of recommendations for both new and experienced subject leaders, drawing on the experience of both of the subject leaders involved in the project and participants in the on-line seminars. How many of these aspects of effective practice do you engage with? What aspects do you need to develop? How?

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