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GCSE preparation (MEP)


Created on 17 December 2015 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 30 March 2016 by ncetm_administrator
 

GCSE preparation (MEP)

This programme is aimed at teachers of adult numeracy, functional skills and mathematics for whom a short, six day, CPD programme would be beneficial. The programme focuses on the development of the mathematical content that is within the Higher Tier of GCSE Mathematics, and on the development of effective pedagogical skills.

Some individuals may need a longer programme of development. Indeed some might find it useful to take a full GCSE Mathematics course, or an equivalent self-study course, before joining the Maths Enhancement Programme.

The programme consists of six days:

  1. Day 1 – Introduction to the course
  2. Day 2 - Statistics and probability
  3. Day 3 - Algebra
  4. Day 4 - Geometry
  5. Day 5 - Trigonometry
  6. Day 6 – Review Day

Days 1 and 2 are about a week apart. After that the workshops are held at approximately monthly intervals.

The programme consists of:

  • Activities which support participants to develop their personal mathematics skills, and which participants could then use with GCSE learners
  • Tasks which support participants to explore teaching approaches likely to be effective with GCSE learners.

Participants are expected to complete a Gap Task between each workshop. These will usually include self-study using the NCETM Evaluation Tools and online resources and trying out some of the activities with learners. Throughout the programme, participants will also be asked to tackle appropriate higher level GCSE questions both during and outside workshop sessions.

Day 1 Introductory Day

This day is an integral part of the programme and includes

  • An introduction to the programme and also includes the following topics:
    • Number: exploring mathematics ideas and teaching approaches
    • Thinking about mathematics pedagogies
    • Revisiting Number
    • Exploring the pedagogy and research underpinning the course
    • Sample activities from each of the next four days

During the day, the participants are also given the Gap Task which is to be completed before the next workshop.

Day 2 Statistics and data handling

This workshop aims to support participants to

  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of Statistics at GCSE and in particular their knowledge and understanding of
    • Data representation
    • Correlation and scatter graphs
    • Statistics and box and whisker diagrams
    • Histograms
    • Probability misconceptions
    • Theoretical and experimental probability
    • Mutually exclusive and Independent events and to
  • Develop their approaches to teaching Statistics and data handling to learners in a post-16 setting

Day 3 Algebra

  • This workshop aims to support participants toDevelop their knowledge and understanding of Algebra at GCSE and in particular their knowledge and understanding of
    • Substitution
    • Interpreting algebraic expressions
    • Simultaneous equations
    • Quadratics
    • Sequences
    • Inequalities and to
  • Develop their approaches to teaching Algebra to learners in a post-16 setting

Day 4 Geometry

This workshop aims to support participants to

  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of Geometry at GCSE and in particular their knowledge and understanding of
    • The language of Geometry
    • Constructions and loci
    • Circle theorems
    • Transformations and to
  • Develop their approaches to teaching Geometry to learners in a post-16 setting

Day 5 Trigonometry

This workshop aims to support participants to

  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of Trigonometry at GCSE and in particular their knowledge and understanding of
    • Measuring triangles
    • Trigonometric ratios
    • Using trigonometry to estimate height
    • Proofs of Pythagoras’ Theorem
    • Trigonometric equations
    • Solving problems involving Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry and to
  • Develop their approaches to teaching Trigonometry to learners in a post-16 setting

During Day 5, the participants are divided into six groups each of which is asked to deliver a short session to the whole group on Day 6 on a topic agreed with their Trainer.

Day 6

During Day 6 the participants deliver short sessions to the whole group. These are discussed by the whole group. Schemes of Work for one year GCSE Maths Resit students are also considered and the participants also work on a Personal Development Plan which is shared with their line manager.

Before starting

All participants are advised to have made a self-evaluation of their own mathematics skills in this area. We recommend that participants use the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) Self Evaluation Tools for Key Stage 3 and/or Key Stage 4 and/or Post-16 GCSE which can be accessed from https://www.ncetm.org.uk/self-evaluation. Participants need to log in or register with the NCETM at www.ncetm.org.uk before using these tools.

 

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