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The NCETM FE GCSE Mathematics Enhancement Programme


Created on 10 June 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 17 November 2014 by ncetm_administrator

The NCETM FE GCSE Mathematics Enhancement Programme

The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) is working in partnership with the Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training (CETTs) and the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to establish high quality CPD provision for teachers of mathematics in the Further Education (FE) and skills sector. The NCETM GCSE Mathematics Enhancement Programme is a key part of this provision. It will enable teachers/trainers/tutors who are already involved in numeracy or functional skills teaching to enhance their knowledge so that they can teach GCSE effectively.

Please contact your local CETT for details of any future events.

Who will the Enhancement Programme support?

The programme has been designed to focus on those elements of mathematical subject content and subject pedagogy that enable teachers/trainers/tutors of numeracy and functional skills from the FE sector to begin the process of becoming good teachers of GCSE Mathematics. In order to benefit from participating in this programme it will normally be expected that participants will have at least a Level 2 qualification in Mathematics. The programme will particularly benefit those teachers/trainers/tutors within FE who:

  • are successfully delivering to the 16-19 cohort, or have recent successful experience in teaching this age range, and
  • are currently teaching discrete numeracy programmes at Level 2, and who wish to develop their knowledge and skills to teach GCSE Mathematics, and
  • will be teaching GCSE Mathematics within a year of the programme.

As well as this group, the programme will also be of value to teachers of related technical/vocational and academic subjects (such as engineering or economics). The programme will help them develop valuable knowledge and skills, but would need to be further supplemented by modules addressing other core areas of mathematics: in particular, number.

How is the Enhancement Programme structured?

This programme, available from autumn 2013, offers six days face-to-face activity, blended with personal development activities to provide a sustained professional development opportunity. The duration would normally be four months, but there is flexibility depending on the cohort.

It enables those teachers/trainers/tutors preparing to teach GCSE Mathematics to:

  • self-assess their needs, with regard to their knowledge of the subject content of GCSE Mathematics;
  • develop their subject knowledge and confidence in the teaching of mathematics at this level;
  • further develop their pedagogical skills, including making appropriate use of technology to engage learners in mathematics;
  • have access to a range of resources for teaching GCSE Mathematics;
  • gain a deep understanding of the content of GCSE Mathematics and of the needs of students re-taking the qualification.

Each of the four subject content modules focuses on a key area of higher tier GCSE Mathematics which will not have been addressed when teaching level 2 courses:

  • Statistics and data handling
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry.

Who will deliver the programme?

The NCETM is working with the CETTs to identify Professional Development (PD) Leads who can deliver the programme. The PD Leads are expert practitioners within the FE sector, whom the NCETM will train and prepare for their role.

As well as running the face-to-face days, the PD Leads will be available to provide on-line support to the community of participants between the modules, and there is an expectation that a teacher/trainer/tutor’s organisation will provide added support between the modules. This is a vital dimension, as the target audience for the programme need sustained support for their professional development while they take on the GCSE role. The PD Leads will also be able to contribute to the wider mathematics CPD provision co-ordinated by the strategic hubs.

Who has developed and is supporting the enhancement programme?

At the end of 2012, the Department for Education (DfE) commissioned the NCETM to develop CPD materials for an enhancement programme for numeracy/functional skills teachers. In early 2013, the NCETM developed four modules for the programme and trialled these with teachers from over 20 FE colleges. In light of the feedback and evaluation from teachers and observers the modules were revised in the spring and summer and the NCETM also further developed the programme into its current six day format.

In summer 2013, a delivery model for the programme was agreed. The DfE and the department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) asked the CETTS to co-ordinate the delivery of the enhancement programme. The DfE also commissioned the NCETM to train and support PD Leads for the sector. The ETF has oversight of the delivery of the programme and is providing a significant subsidy to participants from the FE and skills sector.

The NCETM is also working with the CETTs, leading colleges and training providers to establish strategic hubs in each region that will identify and subsequently meet maths-specific CPD needs. The first priority for the hubs will be to ensure that all FE providers have access to the NCETM FE GCSE Mathematics Enhancement Programme.

How can colleges and independent training providers engage with the enhancement programme?

If your college or training provider has teachers/trainers/tutors who would benefit from participation on the Enhancement Programme or your organisation would like to host a cohort then please contact the CETT mathematics lead in your region. The full list of CETT contacts can be found here.

Your organisation may well have capacity to be involved in the delivery of the programme. In particular, you may have an expert practitioner who could be trained as an NCETM accredited PD Lead and then deliver the programme to teachers/trainers/tutors in your own setting and beyond. In this case, please see the information about the NCETM Professional Development Lead Support Programme (FE).


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17 March 2018 17:23
hello. I Attended an enhancement course a few years ago and now cannot remember the main resource used; the one with all the activities and games in. can anyone help me?
By Nwear1
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08 June 2015 17:41
Please contact your local CETT(East of England - ACER) for details of any future events: christine.stewart@acer.ac.uk
By rob_taylor
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08 June 2015 15:32
I would like to start this programme, how can i do this as i dont know where to start. i am based in essex.



thank you
By ela499
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19 August 2014 17:32
It's not clear, from your post, exactly what 'kind of CPD training' you see yourself delivering, nor which 'Register of Interest' form you have submitted. Your post also comes at a time when the way in which Professional Development Leads are trained and accredited is changing, principally due to the arrival of the Maths Hubs programme. In the light of all that, perhaps it's easier if you email us directly (info@ncetm.org.uk) and we'll try to steer you more accurately.
19 August 2014 15:39
Hi, I am a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire's school of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics. I have a first degree in Mathematics and am nearing completion of a Masters by Research in Quantum Mechanics. I would like to be able to deliver the kind of CPD training you are talking about... certainly subject knowledge and teaching experience is no issue... I have filled out the form registering an interest. There appears to be an inordinate amount of bureaurcracy in the way of providing something rather urgent... anyone care to comment?
By GHubbard
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07 April 2014 14:02
I have just started this course and it looks very good
By DavidBates1
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05 March 2014 13:38
Hi Sharon,

This is difficult for us to comment on an individual basis as it also depends on your highest level maths qualification. I would advise you to contact the Maths Lead at your local CETT to discuss your suitability further. The contact details can be found here https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/42169

Best wishes, Natasha
04 March 2014 11:44
I teach Level 1 Functional Skills Maths but want to enhance my subject knowledge to enable me to deliver higher level classes. Is this the right course?
By Sharon73
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04 March 2014 11:42
I teach Level 1 Functional Skills Maths but want to enhance my subject knowledge to enable me to deliver higher level classes. Is this the right course?
By Sharon73
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02 December 2013 10:51
The Enhancement Programme courses are being run by the CETTs in the individual regions. Contact details can be found here https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/42169

I hope this information is helpful.
01 December 2013 15:19
I teach Functional Skills Maths and would like to know where I can attend the Enhancement Programme. I registered my interest but have not received any notification of the dates and venues.

Aasia
By aasiashabir
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18 November 2013 13:55
In most regions the dates of the Enhancement programme have not yet been announced. I suggest you contact you local CETT:

If your college or training provider has teachers/trainers/tutors who would benefit from participation on the Enhancement Programme or your organisation would like to host a cohort then please contact the CETT mathematics lead in your region. The full list of CETT contacts can be found here.
By Fiona_Allan
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18 November 2013 11:22
I registered my interest in attending the Enhancement Programme on 18/09/13. How is that I did not receive any notification/communication/alert of the dates and venues where the Programme was going to be delivered?
By Yda1459
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18 November 2013 10:00
Information on how to become involved is in the section above entitled "How can colleges and independent training providers engage with the enhancement programme?"
18 November 2013 09:51
How do we apply to get onto this course?
By m.garen
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12 November 2013 17:12
I'm afraid we only cover England. Sorry.
12 November 2013 16:46
Do you have any plans of delivery this sort of support in South Wales? I teach in FE and I am very interested.
By morganglm
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15 October 2013 10:51
Did you see this news item?

The ETF will subsidise every individual teacher who participates in the six-day training programme, so that the cost per-head will be limited to £100.

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has announced financial support for teachers, trainers and tutors in the FE and skills sector to participate in a programme of mathematics subject knowledge enhancement developed by a group of organisations, including the NCETM.
15 October 2013 10:48
To find out more about becoming a Lead and to find out how to register, see https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/42129
14 October 2013 15:20
Who should apply to be a LEAD? I am a fully trained Maths teacher and have been teaching GCSE Maths at my current institution for 18 years. Is it the likes of me they want as leads or FS tutors who have trained up?
By Quogirl
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09 October 2013 17:30
I am interested in this Enhancement Programme, I teach Functional skills and would like to improve my knowledge. I await further instruction about registration onto the programme.
By FOLU52
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17 September 2013 16:54
Good idea - hope there is any easy way to keep informed about the actual course dates/venues etc So I don't miss it.
By lynnsmith
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05 September 2013 09:57
The programme is initially targeted at those in the FE sector who provide CPD in Mathematics and who are interested in becoming PD leads in delivering the GCSE Enhancement Programme. There will be 3 PD Lead programmes, the venues are not yet confirmed but they will probably be in the north, south and middle of the country. The dates and venues will be announced on the NCETM website.


The Enhancement Programme itself is designed to enable lecturers who are already involved in numeracy or functional skills teaching to enhance their knowledge so that they can teach GCSE effectively. The Enhancement Programme itself will run on a number of different models which will affect the costs but we are aiming at a national system with common costing methodology . We would like to keep the overall cost of the 6 day course below £600 per person but this could be substantially reduced if colleges run their own cohorts using accredited GCSE Enhancement PD Leads. However the costs still have to be finalised.


We will also send relevant information to all those who have completed the Engagement Request Form
03 September 2013 11:50
Is there any information on the cost of this programme?
By SEKay
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02 September 2013 12:06
This certainly sounds interesting, especially the news today. I teach Functional maths within apprenticeships and am interested how frameworks will develop around these announcements.
22 August 2013 16:30
I am also very keen to find out where I can sign up for this training, I teach Functional skills maths but feel there is a gap in my own knowledge that would prevent me from confidently teaching GCSE, I would be keen to fill that gap and take on the challenge.

How will we find out where the training will take place?
By londonbeans
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20 August 2013 09:19
Thank you both for your questions. Unfortunately, the person who will be able to answer them is on annual leave at the moment. We will try to ensure that a reply is posted as soon as possible - thanks for your interest and your patience!
19 August 2013 19:47
Where or who could provide more information about the Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training (CETTs) in the East Midlands region delivering the programme?
By Yda1459
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19 August 2013 13:15
Very interesting!! (Reckon there will be a huge demand, including me!)

What about the costs involved?
By AbiHindriks
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