Developing Core Maths Pedagogy

- A project to develop improved teaching approaches in Core Maths

These Work Groups give teachers opportunities – through collaboration and experimentation – to develop improved teaching approaches that support the open-ended problem-solving skills Core Maths students need, and share these with departmental colleagues. Participant departments will support the role of Core Maths in promoting contextualised problem-solving and links to teaching in other subject areas.

This project involves a direct working partnership between the Maths Hubs Network and the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP).

Who can take part?

This project is aimed at recent or – in exceptional cases – potential teachers of Core Maths. These may be teachers in post-16 settings whose main subject is maths or whose main subject is not maths.

What is involved?

The Work Group will meet online for seven twilight sessions focusing on developing resources that exemplify pedagogical approaches to trial with classes, reflecting on the lessons and formulating a collective understanding of improved pedagogy for core maths. Lead participants will be expected, where appropriate, to work with colleagues in their own department.

Work Groups will be designed to meet the specific needs of the range of experience of participants.

What will you learn?

Participants and their departments will:

  • understand the philosophy of Core Maths, with its approach to maths through contextualised problem-solving
  • explore a range of common Core Maths approaches and topics (e.g. Fermi problems, critical analysis of numbers in the media) and their use of pre-release materials
  • identify and make effective use of existing Core Maths resources
  • support senior leadership in understanding the benefits of Core Maths
  • understand the role of Core Maths in promoting problem solving within GCSE Maths

What is the cost?

The Developing Core Maths Pedagogy project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme and the AMSP so is free to participating schools/colleges.

Expectations of participants and their schools

Schools/colleges must be able to commit to the full academic year’s programme. This involves a total of seven live online support across the academic year, as well as classroom and school-based activity. Participants will also be expected to make regular contributions to our online forum (Basecamp).  Participants must also be supported by their school/college leadership to explore outcomes from the project with other colleagues in their department.

Dates (16:00 – 17:30):

Wednesday 13 January

Wednesday 27 January

Wednesday 3 February

Wednesday 24 February

Wednesday 10 March

Wednesday 24 March

Wednesday 5 May