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Secondary Magazine - Issue 134: Heads Up

Created on 06 June 2016 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 21 June 2016 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 134'Newspapers B&W (3)' by Jon S (adapted), some rights reserved

Heads Up

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At the time of writing the new A-level and AS-level specifications for mathematics and further mathematics for first teaching from September 2017 are being released. The Further Maths Support Programme has produced this helpful guide to help identify the considerations when choosing which exam board to work with.

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Have you had a look at the increased mathematical demand in the new GCSE science specifications (have a look at the mathematical skills section - Appendix 3 on page 49 of this document)? The Association for Science Education has produced The Language of Mathematics in Science resources and now might be a good time to meet with your science department to talk about how you can support each other.

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We are well into the conference season with the White Rose, Kent and Medway, Jurassic, and combined North West Maths Hubs all holding their annual conference in the week starting Monday 4 July. Check out the Maths Hubs website to find out about your local hub and any events that they are planning.

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Have you seen Oxfam's secondary maths resources? They use real-life data to develop a range of mathematical skills in using fractions, decimals and percentages, in problem solving and in data handling. Interpret data presented in different ways and use statistics to create graphs and charts. More or Less Equal? is based on data gathered in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam by Young Lives, an international research project exploring the effects of poverty on young people for 15 years.

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“The reason we’re seeing mathematics everywhere is that our universe is a piece of mathematics.”

Did you hear Marcus du Sautoy talking to Jim Al-Khalili on The Life Scientific? There’s a short clip here and the whole programme can be found on the BBC iPlayer. There was also a recent Science Stories programme about Florence Nightingale and her contribution to the world of statistics.

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The content of a free online course, Citizen Maths, aimed at adults and college students who’ve not yet achieved a Level 2 maths qualification (GCSE Grade C or above) has now been completed, with the publication of the final two of five modules, covering pattern and measurement. The course content, launched in stages over the last two years, covers five big ideas in maths. The first three were proportion, uncertainty and representation.

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And finally, the NCETM website is approaching its tenth birthday, and a lot has changed during that decade, not least in how people use websites. So we thought it a good moment to get a snapshot of how you use the NCETM website. We’ve put together a short survey. Your answers will help us try to keep making the website match your needs and preferences. As a modest inducement we’ll give £50 Amazon vouchers to the first two names out of the hat of all those who complete their survey by the deadline of Friday 1 July.

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