Mathematical Thinking for GCSE

  • Practical research-informed ideas and resources for improving students’ reasoning and problem solving.
  • Accessible classroom-based approaches suitable for all secondary maths classes.
  • CPD activities for the whole maths department

Suitable for Secondary maths departments. Participating schools nominate two lead teachers within the department to attend workshops and then lead professional development in school. The Work Group is most effective when at least one lead teacher holds a position of responsibility within the department.


  • 4 one-day workshops spread over three terms, for the two lead teachers.
  • Gap tasks between the workshops, in two parts:
  • Lead teachers will try, adapt and evaluate new strategies in their own classrooms.
  • Lead teachers will lead department CPD and support other teachers to try and evaluate new strategies.
  • Lead teachers will complete an evaluation process, focussing on the impact of the Work Group.


Venue 1: Cromwell Community College, Chatteris, PE16 6UU

Dates: 7th November, 16th January, 26th March, 11th June

Arrive 11.15 for 11.30 start, finish 4:30 pm. Lunch will be provided.


Venue 2 : King Edward VII School, King's Lynn

Dates: 11th February, 28th April, 25th June

Time : 10 am - 3:30 pm


Venue 3: Nene Park Academy, Peterborough

Dates: 22nd November, 10th February, 27th April, 19th June

Time : 10 am - 3:30 pm