Mathematics Enhancement Programme Update
The coming academic year will see more chances for teachers and trainers in the FE and Skills sector to enhance their maths-teaching skills to enable them to teach GCSE Mathematics. The Mathematics Enhancement Programme, which last year saw two thousand teachers and trainers in the sector raise their maths-teaching skills in this way, is remaining in operation for one more year. The programme, designed by the NCETM and with financial support from the Education & Training Foundation, will continue to be administered through the Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training (CETTs) mathematics lead in your region.
Mathematical Association Conference (Stirling)
The Mathematical Association (MA) Conference - Stirling - will be held on Saturday 6 September 2014 with keynote speaker Lynne McClure, project director of NRICH: Changes to the mathematics curriculum: threat or opportunity? Lynne will explore what happens to teachers' expectations when curricula and the associated assessments change.
Explaining the new GCSE maths changes
Explaining the new GCSE maths changes – a briefing for you to download from the Education and Training Foundation.
A new, free and open online course, called Citizen Maths, is due to be launched next month (September 2014), aimed at adults and college students who’ve not yet achieved a Level 2 maths qualification, such as GCSE Grade C or above.
The course, promoted under the strapline Brush up your maths for free, is aimed at several audiences, including students attending post-16 colleges and other learning providers in the FE and skills sector. Teachers and trainers at these sector institutions are being invited to consider pointing their students towards this new online resource. Self-motivated individuals, not connected with an education institution, and employers and trade unions (on behalf of their staff/members) are also being targeted.
You can find out more from the Citizen Maths website, and more about the background to Citizen Maths can be found here.
Education and Training Foundation champions
Congratulations to the champions who have been chosen by the Education and Training Foundation to help inspire the next generation of teachers. Anne Townsend, a NANAMIC committee member, is one of the maths champions. You can also keep up to date with news and recent activities from the Foundation by subscribing to their newsletter.
IMA International Conference
A date for your 2015 diary: the Institute of Mathematics & its Applications (IMA) International Conference, Barriers and Enablers to Learning Maths: Enhancing Learning and Teaching for All Learners runs from 10 - 12 June 2015.
The IMA is now calling for papers with a focus on -
- motivation and maths anxiety
- inclusive practice and learners’ particular requirements
- effective practice: what does and does not work
- the use of technology.
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