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Challenging Topics at GCSE

Work Groups in this national project, across the Maths Hubs Network in England, aim to gather evidence from teachers’ early experiences with the new maths GCSE, with particular emphasis on how a new mix of challenging topics has emerged. Informed by this experience, all the national Work Groups will develop new, or re-shaped, teaching approaches that match the new challenges and that, once embedded, will help students succeed, at both Higher and Foundation level.

This Work Group will largely consist of pairs of teachers from up to half a dozen secondary schools. Ideally each pair will comprise one teacher with a curriculum responsibility within their department and one other teacher, perhaps a non-specialist.

London Central and West Maths Hub is providing you with a fantastic opportunity to develop deeper understanding of why ‘Ratio & Proportion is challenging (for both students and teachers).  Through collaboration and experimentation, you will develop new and shared ways of preparing and teaching this topic.  As a result, it is hoped that pupils will become more confident in their own skills and abilities, therefore developing a deeper and more connected understanding. Schools will be expected to release participants for the days required and to support them in providing time for collaborative work with the in-school and partner school colleagues.   It is expected that there will be the full support from SLT and the head teacher in implementing ideas and sharing practice.

NB: All our Work Groups will start after October half term and they will start with online sessions until at least January

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*The London Central and West Maths Hub reserves the right to charge a £75 fee for non-attendance to the sessions or for cancellations to any of the sessions with less than 14 days’ notice.  Full commitment is required from the same participant for all three sessions.


Challenging topics at GCSE Through analysis of what makes a topic ‘challenging’, and how to be effective in teaching one particular topic, teachers will develop an approach that they can use across mathematical areas and key stages. Pupils will develop a deeper, more connected understanding, gaining confidence to tackle a range of challenging questions.