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Key Stage 3 Multiplicative Reasoning Project


Created on 02 July 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 19 July 2013 by ncetm_administrator

The Key Stage 3 Multiplicative Reasoning Project

The Multiplicative Reasoning (MR) project is a new project funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to provide high quality professional development and curriculum resources in order to improve learning and teaching of this content within Key Stage 3.

It is being run on behalf of the DfE by the NCETM as a response to the phase 3 findings of the recent ICCAMS research. This project is being run on a small scale to begin with and will be completed by July 2014, but if it proves to be successful, it will be replicated, in whole or in part, so that more secondary school teachers can participate and benefit.

The MR content includes developing a deeper understanding of multiplicative structures such as fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios. It has been suggested by research that many pupils (and adults) fail to move on from additive structures and this can lead to many misconceptions and errors in subsequent mathematical study.

What are the benefits for teachers and schools?

The core purpose of the project is to improve the outcomes and experience for KS3 pupils in the area of multiplicative reasoning leading to wider benefits for their mathematics education.

During the project, teachers will work together for a year with teachers from other schools and within their own department to deepen their understanding and develop their practice in the area of multiplicative reasoning. They will have access to new curriculum resources to use with their classes. Project teachers will also learn strategies to lead departmental training in order that successful developments can become embedded more widely. The resources and professional development activities are being created by a team of national experts to address the fundamental issues that pupils have with MR content.

Since this is a pilot project there will also be an element of evaluation and feedback that the project teachers will need to undertake; this includes being a reflective practitioner as well as aspects of lesson study and other classroom research strategies. All project teachers will be fully supported with these evaluation techniques, which, while they may be unfamiliar to some, are recognised as being key elements in developing outstanding teaching and learning practices.

Who is it for?

The project is open to schools that are committed to the professional development of their KS3 mathematics teachers and who wish to develop their practice in the area of multiplicative reasoning. It will be trialled in three regions, one based in Nottingham, one in Manchester and one in Portsmouth. Any schools that can participate in one of these centres can apply. Each school is required to identify two teachers to be part of the core programme, one of whom should have some responsibility for mathematics in Key Stage 3 and the other of whom should be a less experienced or non-specialist teacher of mathematics. These teachers will then lead the work with the rest of their department.

This is a pilot project – as such it will be run in three areas – Portsmouth, Manchester and Nottingham.   Whilst we are not placing any geographical constraints on schools who are enthusiastic about taking part in one of these trials, the workshops will only be held in those locations. Schools who wish to take part, but who are at a significant distance form these locations will need to be prepared to attend all the workshops and cover the travelling time and costs of the participating teachers.

Timing and commitment

Any school applying will need to be able to fully commit to the different dimensions of the programme. This includes:

  • the two core teachers participating in six workshop days during the year
  • the department working together with the two core teachers on professional development in the area of multiplicative reasoning
  • the use of the teaching units designed to accompany this programme
  • the gathering of evidence and feedback on the effectiveness of the teaching materials and professional development programme.

Workshops will begin in October 2013 with a one-day meeting for each of the groups, in which the issues surrounding Multiplicative Reasoning will be explored so that teachers develop a clear understanding of the different aspects and problems.

Project evaluation

The DfE is keen to have a robust evaluation of the content and processes and have commissioned an evaluator to run a Randomised Controlled Test (RCT). Increasingly, RCTs are being used to evaluate the effectiveness of projects in order to inform public policies and practices. Essentially, the outcomes from an intervention or project group are compared to those of a control group to ascertain the effective factors of the intervention.

In this case, twice the number of schools needed for the project are being recruited in each area so that one half will participate in this first round of activity whilst the other half will act as a control group. In September the external evaluator will allocate schools to each group. All schools will take part in tests in both October 2013 and June 2014, but only schools in the intervention group will take part in the full programme and have access to the workshop days and teaching materials.

Funding

To enable project teachers to participate in the workshop days and to carry out the dissemination and evaluation work in their departments, we are offering each school in the intervention project a bursary of £1 350.

How to apply

Applications to take part in the project are no longer being accepted. Thank you for your interest.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the KS3 Multiplicative Reasoning project?

The Multiplicative Reasoning (MR) project is a new DfE funded project providing high quality professional development and curriculum resources to improve learning and teaching of Multiplicative Reasoning in Key Stage3. The MR content includes developing a deeper understanding of multiplicative structures such as fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios. It has been suggested by research that many pupils (and adults) fail to move on from additive structures and this can lead to many misconceptions and errors in subsequent mathematical study.

It is being run by the NCETM on a small scale to begin with and will be completed by July 2014. But if it proves to be successful, it will be replicated, in whole or in part, so that more secondary school teachers can participate and benefit.

How is the project being run?

This project is a pilot. If it is successful it is expected that it will be rolled out across more areas in subsequent years. The pilot is being run in 3 areas – Portsmouth, Nottingham and Manchester.

My school isn’t near any of those towns – can we still participate?

Whilst we are not placing any geographical constraints on schools who are enthusiastic about taking part in one of these trials, the workshops will only be held in those locations. Schools who wish to take part, but who are at a significant distance form these locations will need to be prepared to attend all the workshops and cover the travelling time and costs of the participating teachers.

How will schools participate?

Each project group will include 20 teachers from 10 schools. Each teacher involved will need to commit to attending 6 days of workshops between October 2013 and July 2014. These teachers will also need to share their experiences and learning at the workshops with their colleagues in their maths departments. In addition, participating schools will need to co-operate with the independent evaluators and with any testing that may be required.

What will my school get out of it?

Participating schools will get the chance to be fully engaged in a professional development programme which is designed to lead to better teaching and learning of multiplicative reasoning which should in time lead to better outcomes for pupils. Participating schools will also be paid a small bursary of £1350 per school.

Have the dates of the workshops been agreed yet?

Workshops will take place in October and December (2013), and February, April and July 2014. The organisation of the workshops will be co-ordinated locally and the exact dates will be agreed once all the participating schools have been recruited to enable mutually convenient dates to be agreed.

I am in a Primary School. Can I still be involved?

We are not currently able to consider primary schools for inclusion in the project. The projects aimed at KS3 teachers in secondary schools. As it is a pilot project, and subject to a rigorous external evaluation process we can’t consider schools not in the target group. We are very aware of the need to take into account the synergies with teaching in KS2 and this will certainly be part of the discussions with the National Advisory Group.

I am in a Further Education college. Can I still be involved?

We are not currently able to consider further education colleges for inclusion in the project. The project is aimed at KS3 teachers in secondary schools. As it is a pilot project, and subject to a rigorous external evaluation process we can’t consider educational institutions not in the target group. We are very aware of the need to take into account the synergies with teaching in KS4 and this will certainly be part of the discussions with the National Advisory Group

If you have any questions regarding the project, or if you need further information, please don't hesitate to contact us.


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