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Secondary Magazine - Issue 149. Interested in high-quality professional development? Join a Maths Hub Work Group for 2018-19!

Created on 28 June 2018 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 04 July 2018 by ncetm_administrator


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Interested in high-quality professional development? Join a Maths Hub Work Group for 2018-19!

Collaborate, communicate and create to make CPD really work for you and your students.

In 2018-19, hundreds of Work Groups will take place across the country, forming a network of national projects which offer maths teachers subject-specific professional development. Work Groups are free or minimal cost, with funding sometimes available to offset costs to schools of releasing teachers. Any secondary maths teacher can be part of this exciting initiative.

So, what’s on offer?

The 35 Maths Hubs across England are running 14 different projects, meaning you can develop your practice in a range of areas, including:

  • support for reasoning and problem-solving at GCSE
  • teaching for mastery
  • providing continuity from Y5 to Y8
  • developing A level teaching.

Locally-based Work Groups of teachers from a number of schools meet regularly to discuss, observe and often plan together, around agreed project outcomes. In between meetings, you'll explore your project focus both in your own classroom and across your school. All teachers – from NQTs to heads of department and assistant heads – will find something to develop their practice. There are also dedicated projects to support TA maths subject knowledge.

Why should you join?

Collaborative, hands-on learning develops your professional expertise and can also give you ideas to try out in your classroom practice straight away. Professional development which combines the input of experts and the exploration of verified research increases the chances of any new pedagogical approaches you adopt having a positive impact on your students. You will develop knowledge, have the chance to share best practice with colleagues, and contribute to and draw from a national network of ideas and resources.

What will be the outcome?

Being part of a Work Group means you will:

  • meet and collaborate with colleagues from other local schools to share best practice
  • take away ideas to help your students become more confident mathematicians, ready to tackle GCSEs and A levels
  • get input and guidance from a local leader of maths education (LLME)
  • develop your own classroom practice and that of your colleagues
  • be part of a national network of teachers working together to improve the way maths is taught and learned.

What do others say about this professional development?

Don’t just take our word for it that this is fantastic CPD! Other teachers who have been involved in Work Groups through Maths Hubs have experienced the benefits for themselves.

As part of his Work Group, Martin Willan (Second in Maths at Outwood Academy Easingwold) commented:

'The open classroom experience with discussion before and after is an excellent model of professional development.'

Megan Bailey (Maths Teacher i/c KS3 Maths at St Marylebone School in London) agrees:

'To anyone considering joining a Work Group, I could not recommend it enough. It is arguably the best continual professional development you can get. Being able to collaborate across schools is so valuable.'

Gabby Veglio (Head of Maths at The Kingston Academy in Surrey) has seen department-wide benefits:

'My department are keen to keep collaborating in Work Groups to share practice that develops deeper mathematical knowledge in our students.'

How can I get involved?

Joining is easy. Simply visit www.mathshubs.org.uk/find-your-hub and find your local hub. Get in touch with them and they will be happy to add your name to a Work Group starting in Autumn 2018. To first see details of all the projects and make your choice, visit www.mathshubs.org.uk/what-maths-hubs-are-doing.

So, what are you waiting for? Visit the website now and get involved. We look forward to seeing you at a Work Group in 2018/19!





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