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NCETM Secondary Magazine, Issue 7 - 5 things to do this week

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Created on 18 March 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 20 March 2008 by ncetm_administrator


5 things to do this week
Each week this section of the Secondary Magazine suggests some things you might like to be thinking about over the course of the coming week. Contact us to share your ideas and thoughts on items you think we should feature.

1. Book a place on the Mathematics development programme for teachers
The mathematics development programme for teachers is aimed at those currently teaching mathematics to learners aged 11-19, but who do not hold a mathematics degree or ITT specialism in the subject. Teachers taking part will develop their subject knowledge and pedagogical skills in mathematics.

The pilot courses are funded by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), and are free for participants at the point of delivery. Participants are eligible for an award of £5 000 when attaining accreditation upon completion of the course, and funding for supply cover is also available.

For further information about the courses and details of how to apply please click on your nearest provider.
2. Enter some students for the Target Two Point Zero annual competition
Each year the Bank of England and The Times invite selected teams of four students aged 16 to 18 to make a presentation to a panel of Bank of England judges.

The challenge gives students a chance to learn more about how the economy works and how interest rates affect inflation, as well as allowing them to demonstrate their team-working, presentation and IT skills.

Top prize is £10 000 for the school. Support resource materials from the Bank are provided and regular features appear in The Times. The next challenge will be launched in May 2008.

Details from:
Target Two Point Zero Team
Education Group
HO-M Secretary’s Department
Bank of England
Threadneedle Street

Tel 020 7601 5366
A series of free popular mathematics lectures for primary and secondary schools – including 'Maths and the fight against crime', 'Maths and natural disasters', 'Maths and sport', 'Be a paper mathemagician', and much more – is organised by the Millennium Mathematics Project, University of Cambridge. Admission is free but by ticket only. Keep your eye on the website as their events calendar changes regularly.

Another of their popular programmes, Motivate, is a real-time video- conferencing project which links professional mathematicians and scientists – often university researchers – with primary and secondary schools to explore mathematics beyond the basic school curriculum.

Have a look at these features and see whether the students at your school – and your Mathematics department – would benefit from these programmes.

Have you used this new area within the portal yet? If not, try using one of the sections. Perhaps create an entry into the learning journal or browse through the career portfolio.
5. Enjoy the Easter break and treat yourself to some luxury chocolate!
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Issue 7
5 things to do this week
Professional Development activity: Group Work
Website of the week
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Why do we teach mathematics?
Learning mathematics in my school
Pathways and options at KS3 to KS5
Mathematical vocabulary
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