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Challenging Topics at GCSE

Work Groups in this national project will focus on participant teachers working together to ‘unpick’ (i.e. analyse, deconstruct and trace through the curriculum) a challenging topic from GCSE Mathematics.

Participants will develop insight into the associated difficulties and misconceptions to support teaching in the short term, but also consider the implications for longer term curriculum design.

What is involved?

Each Work Group will follow a ‘workshop – school-based task’ cycle, consisting of several workshops followed in each case by a specific school-based task. Workshops will provide opportunities for teachers to identify and analyse a key challenging topic area, to work collaboratively to develop pedagogical approaches to it, and to evaluate and discuss after teaching. There will be school-based tasks for participants to engage with between each meeting.

Who can apply?

Participants should be secondary school teachers of GCSE Maths.   Ideally two teachers will attend from each participating school.  Teachers who have previously participated in Work Groups in this project are welcome to take part again in 2020/21.

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.

Dates and Times:

At the moment we are planning for these sessions to be face-to-face, however as a hub we are fully equipped to deliver this online if needed

Friday 15th January 13:00 to 15:00

Thursday 11th March 13:00 to 15:00

Tuesday 18th May 13:00 to 15:00

Sacred Heart High School, 212 Hammersmith Road, London. W6 7DG

Contact michelle.foster@lcwmathshub.co.uk

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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 1 week’s notice.  Full commitment is required from the same participant for all three sessions.

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