Activity 1: A vision for mathematics in your school
This activity provides a structure for reflection on the vision and aims for mathematics in your school, and the influence that your own pupils and school context have on an approach to designing a new curriculum. To study this aspect in depth, refer to the Excellence in Mathematics Leadership materials highlighted at the end.
Hand out a selection of mathematics 'vision and aims' statements. You could use those on Resource Sheet 1. Include a copy of your existing vision statement for mathematics in your school. You might find it helpful to anonymise it first if necessary.
Read through the statements.
Ask your team to share their thoughts about the examples. What do they particularly like? Are there any comments that they disagree with? What do they find interesting?
As a team:
Discuss the outcomes of these conversations. Consider the commonalities that exist in the responses. Reveal the fact that your own school's vision and aims were provided. Was it recognised by anyone?
There is a good opportunity to restate your school's vision for mathematics in line with the 2014 curriculum. Keep a note of the strongest feelings that emerge, and perhaps key words or phrases that you identify in the discussions. Aim to include these in your new vision and aims statement.
Discussion point 1
How does your mathematics curriculum fit into your school curriculum?
Discussion point 2
Is every member of your team aware of the contextual information summarised in the school's RAISEonline report (e.g. number on roll, gender split, proportion of pupils with EAL, average point score on entry to a Key Stage)?
How do you assess pupils experience and prior achievement before they begin the curriculum in your school?
Do pupils' starting points influence the vision for mathematics?
Take it further:
Excellence in Mathematics Leadership materials