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Secondary Magazine - Issue 142

Created on 04 May 2017 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 24 May 2017 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 142part of ILIM activity from Malcolm Swan article

As students sit down to the first paper of the new GCSE, we hope you will have a little space look beyond the exams. Make a brew, sit down and digest the Secondary Magazine - better than sitting down with a pile of books to mark? We take a look at a school whose teachers don’t mark books, and at a raft of suggestions from other schools looking at ways to cut down on teachers’ marking loads, whilst offering more useful feedback to students.

And we pay tribute to Professor Malcolm Swan of Nottingham University, who died last month, and his unique contribution to the world of mathematics education.

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

Less Marking: More Effective Feedback?
marking books How much time do you spend marking student work? Is it time well-spent? Are there more effective/immediate ways to offer feedback, than the traditional or in red pen, or the more laborious marking systems that are evident in many schools now? In this article, we signpost NCETM marking guidance, Ofsted’s expectations, and look at ways schools can cut marking loads.
Malcolm Swan: Learning for Deep and Connected Understanding
For over three decades, Professor Malcolm Swan worked in maths education, researching effective ways to learn maths. He researched, created and trialled many high-quality resources aimed at promoting mathematical discussion and collaborative learning amongst students. In this article, we revisit some of these resources and examine the innovative approach he took.

And some other things to draw to your attention:

  • How much practical equipment do you use in your classroom? Our latest teaching for mastery case study on use of place value counters in the secondary maths classroom (with slides), is now published.
  • The monthly newsletter from our partner organisation, MEI, is out. Always a good, and helpful read, particularly now in the changing GCSE and A level landscape.
  • The Mathematical Association (MA) want your intelligence on likely take-up of A level Maths and Further Maths from September, via a short survey.
  • The idea of abandoning setting for maths in secondary schools seems to be gaining traction. Hence this new website, and associated conference in Sheffield, on 17 June.
  • Finally, there is still time to sign up to the BSRLM-BERA Practitioner-Research event, which takes place in London on 17 June; further details and a registration link are on the BERA website.



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