Embedding A Level Technology Work Group

There are two versions of the work group, one in Suffolk and the other in Norfolk:

SUFFOLK: Thurston Community College, Beyton Campus

  • Tuesday 22nd January 2019, 14:00-17:00
  • Tuesday 12th March 2019, 14:00-17:00
  • Tuesday 9th July 2019, 14:00-17:00

NORFOLK: Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form

  • Tuesday 12th February 2019, 14:00-17:00
  • Tuesday 26th March 2019, 14:00-17:00
  • Tuesday 25th June 2019, 14:00-17:00

Funding
This Work Group is free to participants and run in partnership with the Advanced Maths Support
Programme. Furthermore, schools will receive a £100 payment following each participant’s successful
course completion and evaluation.

Booking:
For more information or to book a place please contact Clarissa Grandi, clarissa.grandi@thurstoncollege.suffolk.sch.uk

Description

The new A level requires that the use of technology ‘permeates’ study of mathematics. This Work Group, run in partnership with the Advanced Maths Support Programme, will explore practical approaches for integrating technology in the A Level Mathematics (or Further Mathematics) curriculum. Participants will explore where, when and how to use technology to enhance students’ learning, understanding and experience, and will develop their own technology skills. The underlying theme of each Work Group is to develop participants as technology champions in their own departments.

Who is this for?

Teachers of A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and especially those wishing to develop the use of technology in A level teaching with others in their department. Teachers of A Level Statistics and Core Maths may also find the course useful. This year the Norfolk and Suffolk Hub will be extending our invitation to teachers of KS4 GCSE Mathematics who are also keen to develop the use of technology in their teaching practice. However the focus will remain on KS5 and the content of the new linear specification.

What is involved?

Through three face to face Work Group meetings, participating teachers will develop their practice to further embed the appropriate and effective use of technology in the study of the new linear A-Level Mathematics and to champion the use of technology within their own mathematics department.

Intended outcomes

Participant teachers will increase their confidence to further develop their own technology skills and further embed the appropriate and effective use of technology in their lessons. Colleagues in the participant teachers’ schools will benefit from this increased confidence and knowledge through the technology champion role. The opportunities to use technology within mathematics teacher CPD at participant schools will also be enhanced through the technology champion role. As a result of these developments, students in participant schools will, through increased and improved use of technology, develop improved conceptual understanding and engagement with mathematics.

The wider context

Collectively, the network of Maths Hubs across England work on projects around national maths education
priority areas. One of those priorities requires Maths Hubs to work in close partnership with the Advanced
Maths Support Programme to support schools and colleges in increasing participation, and improving
teaching, in all areas of Level 3 maths. Each Maths Hub participating in a national project runs a local
Work Group, where teachers come together over a period of time to work on areas defined by the project.
All Work Groups are subject to a common evaluation process, which collectively provides a body of
evidence on the project’s outcomes. So, your participation in this Work Group will contribute to your own
professional leaning, and that of your school colleagues, as well as making a contribution to the
improvement of maths education at a national level. This Work Group extends work started in the 2017-
2018 national project of the same name.

Expectations of participants and their schools

Attend three face to face Work Group meetings in either Suffolk or Norfolk on the following
dates:

SUFFOLK: Thurston Community College, Beyton Campus

  • Tuesday 22nd January 2019, 14:00-17:00
  • Tuesday 12th March 2019, 14:00-17:00
  • Tuesday 9th July 2019, 14:00-17:00

NORFOLK: Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form

  • Tuesday 12th February 2019, 14:00-17:00
  • Tuesday 26th March 2019, 14:00-17:00
  • Tuesday 25th June 2019, 14:00-17:00

Partake in further in-school activity, for example, trialling teaching approaches, disseminating
learning or further departmental professional development.

Contribute to Work Group evaluation processes.

Funding

This Work Group is free to participants and run in partnership with the Advanced Maths Support
Programme. Furthermore, schools will receive a £100 payment following each participant’s successful
course completion and evaluation.

Who is leading the Work Group

Clarissa Grandi, KS5 STEM Faculty Lead Practitioner, Thurston Community College

Expert Speakers

  • Kristin Coldwell, AMSP Area Coordinator, East of England: The Desmos Classroom
  • Graham Colman, Director of Data & Recruitment, Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form: Excel & the Large
    Data Set
  • Charlie Dawson, Head of Maths, Northgate High School: Creating and Using Screencasts

Booking:
For more information or to book a place please contact Clarissa Grandi, clarissa.grandi@thurstoncollege.suffolk.sch.uk