SECONDARY OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2020/21

MATHEMATICAL THINKING FOR GCSE 

The Mathematical Thinking for GCSE project is for secondary maths teachers looking for practical and theoretical elements to address their students GCSE attainment.

The stated aims of the KS4 Programme of Study are that, through working on the content, students should develop mathematical fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. While mathematical thinking is a key feature of all of these, the focus of this Work Group is to support teachers in developing their understanding of mathematical thinking as it relates to problem-solving and reasoning, using practical task types to explore what it means for students to get better at mathematical thinking and what this looking like in the classroom.

Work Group Dates:

Session 1: Wednesday 10th February

Session 2: Wednesday 3rd March

Session 3: Wednesday 31st March​

Session 4: Wednesday 28th April

Session 5: Wednesday 9th June

Session 6: Wednesday 23rd June

All sessions will be run from 15:30 - 17:30 via Zoom, however depending on Government guidelines, we may be able to offer some face to face sessions in the Spring and Summer Term.

Please note that you must attend all sessions.

CHALLENGING TOPICS AT GCSE

Work Groups in this project will focus on participant teachers working together to 'unpick' (i.e. analyse, deconstruct and trace through the curriculum) a challenging topic from GCSE Mathematics.

Participants will develop insight into the associated difficulties and misconceptions to support teaching in the short term, but also consider the implications for longer term curriculum design.

Work Group Dates:

Session 1: Tuesday 2nd March (15:30 - 16:00)

Session 2: Tuesday 30th March

Session 3: Tuesday 27th April

Session 4: Tuesday 25th May

All sessions will be run from 15:30 - 17:30 via Zoom, however depending on Government guidelines, we may be able to offer some face to face sessions in the Spring and Summer Term.

Please note that you must attend all sessions.

SEND MATHEMATICS

Participants in this Work Group will be part of a group that specifically focuses on SEND pupils and how the use of focussed representations can support pupils in the development of their mathematical understanding. The group aims to reduce professional isolation, increase your understanding of Teaching for Mastery, share ideas and resources as well as upskilling yourselves to confidently teach mathematics.

Work Group Dates:

Session 1: Tuesday 19th January - 15:45 - 16:45

Session 2: Tuesday 2nd February - 15:45 - 17:45

Session 3: Tuesday 23rd February - 15:45 - 17:45

Session 4: Thursday 18th March - 15:45 - 17:45

Session 5: Tuesday 30th March - 15:45 - 17:45

Session 6: Wednesday 5th May - 16:00 - 18:00

Session 7: Wednesday 26th May - 15:45 - 17:45

Session 8: Thursday 17th June - 16:00 - 17:00

These sessions will be held via Zoom, however depending on government guidelines, we may be able to offer some face to face sessions in the Summer Term.

Please note that you must attend all sessions.

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