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Secondary Magazine - Issue 144

Created on 26 September 2017 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 06 October 2017 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 144

Hello and welcome to the first Secondary Magazine of the 2017/18 school year. With new curricula aplenty, we take stock of the reasoning/problem-solving challenges of the first set of GCSE 9-1 exams, and suggest teaching approaches to make sure your students can meet them. And with the first teaching of the new A level courses, our second article helps signpost information, training and resources that you might have missed so far.

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

This issue's featured articles

NCETM event photoAddressing the Reasoning and Problem-Solving demands of the new GCSE
On top of the new content in GCSE this summer, it was the increased emphasis on reasoning and problem-solving that risked keeping teachers up all night wondering whether their students had the right approaches and necessary skills. This article looks in detail at how teachers might best prepare students for the sort of challenges presented by the new exam papers.

Catching up with the New A Level - a whistle-stop tour of changes, resources, CPD and more
Having hardly drawn breath after results from the new GCSE, teaching for the new A level has begun… How is it going? Are you feeling confident, competent and sufficiently well-prepared to teach the new content? If you weren’t as well-prepared in advance, as you might like to have been, here we signpost information, resources and training to help you get up to speed.

And here are some other things for your attention:

  • There’s a wealth of material of interest to secondary maths teachers in the latest newsletter from our consortium partners, Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI). Of note this month is their free problem-solving guide, designed to address practically, the increased problem-solving emphasis at GCSE and A level; Factris, a new game app from MEI that quickly impresses the importance of factors using falling, re-sizeable rectangles to build a wall; and plenty of analysis of and response to the Smith Review into post-16 Mathematics, published in July
  • In his latest blog, the NCETM's Director, Charlie Stripp, reflects on the emerging landscape of post-16 Maths following the Smith Review, particularly addressing concerns about participation rates. He argues that students with GCSE grade 5 should be able to tackle A level Maths. This was the subject of a feisty debate in last week’s #mathscpdchat discussion - you can join in every Tuesday 7-8pm on Twitter
  • A wide-ranging programme of school-led teacher professional development has been put together by the Maths Hub network for 2017/18, building on the most successful and effective parts of last year’s programme.  You can find out what’s on offer here, and contact your local Maths Hub for further details.
  • A reminder about our Qualifications and Curriculum (Q and C) page, where we update any policy or curriculum changes of an official sort of nature. Particularly aimed at Secondary Heads of Department, you can filter by phase, exam or topic, or sign up for updates on Twitter (@NCETMQandC), or through the Q and C updates community
  • STEM Learning has a rich offering of maths CPD this year, much of it funded by Enthuse bursaries, hugely reducing costs to schools. Their website has full details of what's available.

Image credit
Page header by Alex Wing (adapted), in the public domain



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