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Secondary Magazine - Issue 141

Created on 09 March 2017 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 28 March 2017 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 141Easter eggs

Welcome to the second edition of our new-look Secondary Magazine. This time we offer some ideas and resources for teaching (or revising) quadratic sequences for the new GCSE (9-1). And we report on the latest publication from the Further Mathematics Support Programme, in their continued campaign to encourage more girls to study Maths and Further Maths at AS/A level. For those embroiled in GCSE revision, or about to be, there are plenty of useful links in the ‘Some other things...’ section below.

Don't forget that all previous issues are available in the Archive.

New at GCSE: Quadratic sequences
In this article we look at the importance of approaching the nth term both through geometric patterns and through algebraic calculations using differences. We suggest that understanding of one supports the other. And there are some great patterns to try out with your classes, both in Y10 and for revision…

'Definition of blog' by Doug Belshaw (adapted), some rights reservedWhat Makes More Girls Want to Study Maths and Further Maths at AS/A Level?
What is the gender balance of your A/AS level Maths/Further Maths classes? A recent study has reported on five case studies of sixth forms with above average numbers of girls choosing Maths and Further Maths. We report here on the common features found in those schools/colleges, and suggest where schools might find further advice, ideas and resources for improving the gender balance in their Maths and Further Maths classes.

And some other things to draw to your attention:

  • Ofqual's blog reports on a recent meeting with teachers about the new 9-1 GCSE, in which they explain about grade boundary setting, ensuring fairness between cohorts and across both tiers (with slides from the meeting and a link to sign up for their 9-1 newsletter).

    And here, they offer some insight into how a handful of schools are making those difficult decisions about tier of entry.

  • As ‘that’ time of year comes steaming towards us, Jo Morgan, maths teacher and blogger (@mathsjem, known for resourceaholic.com), has put together her recommendations for the best online revision resources for the new GCSE 9-1 curriculum.

  • Amir Arezoo (@WorkEdgeChaos), maths teacher and vice-principal, provokes a debate in the Twittersphere, when he asks for a best method – does such a thing exist, or should we encourage multiple ways to tackle a question? His account of the exchange is here, and is just one example of many such pedagogical discussions happening (mostly through Twitter) in the online maths education community.

  • Cambridge Assessment are undertaking research to understand how current reforms to AS/A levels are affecting schools and colleges. They have put out a call for Heads of Department to answer this 15-minute survey (with a chance of winning a £100 Amazon voucher).

  • Hidden Figures is the story of three African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA space programme in the 1960s. Confounding both racial and gender stereotypes of the time, the film is uplifting and encouraging: a must-see for secondary maths teachers and their students alike. Watch the trailer.


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