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Mathematical Thinking

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 looks like in the classroom. 

The Work Group will: 

* offer teachers support so that they are better equipped to help all students develop their mathematical thinking, ultimately preparing them for the challenges of the GCSE and beyond 

* support teachers in understanding and using participation in a Work Group as the basis of collaborative continued professional development for themselves and within their department. 


Feedback from participants: 

‘They [pupils] are more prepared to talk about maths and their reasoning which in turn enable me to help them link different topic areas, but misconceptions and help them achieve a deeper understanding.’ 

‘I have already disseminated the training to colleagues and, as a department, we aim to include at least one of these types of tasks in every lesson next year (we have completed this year’s teaching) with the aim of breaking down the barriers that learners perceive in their ability to tackle the longer form of GCSE questions (particularly those that link topics).’ 

Who can take part? 

This is for teachers of KS4 who want to further develop their understanding of developing mathematical thinking, and practical classroom strategies to explore these ideas. Participants are encouraged to lead developments from the Work Group in their own department and so should have the opportunity to do this effectively.  

Departments that have already engaged with the Work Group have the opportunity to continue with the Work Group structure in order to explore further and think more deeply about supporting mathematical thinking in the classroom by participating in a second ‘deepening’ year. 

This Work Group is now closed. Recruitment for 22/23 will start after half term.