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Secondary Magazine - Issue 148

Created on 16 May 2018 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 25 May 2018 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 148

Welcome to the first Secondary Magazine of the summer term. With the exam season upon us, and gained time looming, we take the opportunity to ask if your school is thinking about teaching for mastery for 2018-2019, and talk to one school that has adopted the approach. And if revising trigonometry with Y11s has exposed a lack of real understanding, then we’d like to invite you to eavesdrop on a discussion about a longer-term approach to the topic.

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

This issue's featured articles

unlabelled graph from articleTrigonometry: new at Foundation tier. Two teachers discuss approaches to support deep understanding for all students
Do you have an approach to introducing trigonometry that really exposes the structure of the concept and relationships? At this time of year, it often becomes evident that students are simply trying to remember SOH CAH TOA, and a series of tricks for choosing the correct formula and applying it. In this article, two teachers discuss how a continuous approach to multiplicative reasoning in Key Stages 2 and 3 could support a deep understanding of trig in KS4. Why not use this as pre-reading for department curriculum development work?

Teaching for mastery at secondary: what about our 'top' and 'bottom' sets?
The national teaching for mastery programme in secondary is now well underway (see bullets below for more information), with a second cohort of Mastery Specialists in training, and a third being recruited for the Autumn. Departments often wonder how adopting such an approach would still allow them to cater for their full spread of attainment. In this article, we visit a school in Surrey that has adopted a teaching for mastery approach and found it able to meet the needs of students in all sets.

And here are some other things for your attention:

  • Teaching for mastery in secondary phase: opportunities to find out more or get involved:
  • Keep an eye on BBC Breakfast this summer, where the presenters are studying for and taking GCSE maths. Their experiences may be encouraging for your students.
  • Thinking about professional development? Grants and funding opportunities are available from various bodies:
  • The new Advanced Maths Support Programme (AMSP) began work on 1 May to support teachers of all level 3 mathematics (AS/A level Maths and Further Maths, and Core Maths). Led by the same team at MEI, it will build on the work of the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP) and expand to support Core Maths and to provide additional support in areas of low participation. More information about plans for the programme can be found in MEI's April newsletter.
  • Although funding for Underground Mathematics (the free resource for teachers of A level maths) has come to an end, the website lives on, and if you haven’t used it yet, is well worth a visit.


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