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Primary Magazine - Issue 53: Editor's extras

Created on 20 June 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 02 July 2013 by ncetm_administrator


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Editor's extras

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NCETM Self-evaluation Tools review

The NCETM is updating the online Self-evaluation Tools (SET), which help teachers audit their subject knowledge and pedagogy. The change is necessary to bring the tools into line with the mathematics content in the new National Curriculum. With this in mind, we're hosting an online survey, for present and past users of the SET to give feedback on how they have found using the tools. Everyone completing the survey will be given the chance to enter a draw for £50 worth of Amazon vouchers. We would ask that you complete the survey before noon on 15 July.

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The National Curriculum

We have recently published a new 'Essentials' page for implementing the National Curriculum. Implementing the new curriculum is a 'one-stop shop' with links to resources on the NCETM portal that will be helpful to subject leaders who are beginning to consider how to support teachers in readiness for the new programme of study. We have also launched a webpage that will keep you up to date with relevant news of the new curriculum as it becomes available.

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The NCETM Professional Development Lead Support Programme

We’re pleased to confirm new dates this autumn for our programme of national free face-to-face events for Primary CPD leads, the NCETM Professional Development Lead Support Programme (PDLSP).

Those who complete the programme are accredited by the NCETM to provide professional development in the priority areas of arithmetic proficiency in primary schools; to date over 140 participants in the programme have been accredited, with more to come.

The dates and locations for the new Primary cohorts are:

Places Date Location Region
25 20 & 21 Sept - see note below London, venue tbc London
15 & 16 Nov - see note below
20 28 Sept - see note below Kent, venue tbc SE
23 Nov - see note below
20 17 & 18 Oct London, venue tbc London
5 & 6 Dec
20 7 & 8 Nov Birmingham, venue tbc WM
9 & 10 Jan 2014
20 14 & 15 Nov Leeds, venue tbc Y&H
23 & 24 Jan 2014

Note: the London Primary cohort (20/21 September and 15/16 November) is particularly aimed at participants on the Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MaST) Programme; the South East cohort PC17 is being run as two one-day events - both Saturdays - 9am - 5pm.

The PDLSP microsite has full details of the programme - including support materials, Frequently Asked Questions, and information about how to book your free place.

Colleagues who have completed the first cohorts have said about the programme:

‘I really valued the input from experienced colleagues and the diversity of viewpoints was very refreshing.’

‘One of the main criteria for successful PD is that it stimulates new thinking – it certainly did that for me.’

‘The course is definitely impacting on my daily work.’

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Videos to support the implementation of the New Curriculum

As part of our support for the implementation of the new National Curriculum, we have produced a suite of videos focussing on calculation and the associated skills and understandings - for example, the concepts of place value and exchange. The videos seek to demonstrate how fluency and conceptual understanding can be developed in tandem. The National Curriculum aim that children should ‘reason mathematically’ is demonstrated throughout. Each set of videos has an accompanying presentation to stimulate thought and discussion. We hope you enjoy the videos and find them helpful in supporting teacher professional development. We'd be delighted to hear your feedback and learn how you use them, together with any comments you have.

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New microsite for subject leaders to support high attainers in mathematics in primary schools

The NCETM has created a microsite, High Attaining Pupils in Primary Schools, for subject leaders, senior leaders and teachers, that will help them to identify and support pupils who are attaining higher than expected standards in mathematics not just in Year 6 but from the time they begin school.

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And finally...

You might be interested in watching this short YouTube clip How much stuff do our bodies make in a year? It gives opportunities for different elements of mathematics to explore with your children. The facts are likely to fascinate most of your class!

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