This project provides national support for the effective development of pedagogy in the teaching of A level Mathematics to enhance the quality of teaching and the conceptual understanding of students. Its aim is to develop and sustain regional communities of practice involving collaboration between teachers. The focus is on developing pedagogy in A level Maths teaching, and developing participants as leaders of A level teaching professional development in their own school or college.
This project involves a direct working partnership between the Maths Hubs Network and the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP).
Who is it for?
The project is aimed at schools/colleges/departments that want to develop one or more aspects of their A level pedagogy including use of technology. It would be suitable for existing leaders of A level teaching or experienced teachers of A level Maths who wish to lead the development of pedagogy in A level teaching with other colleagues in their own or other schools/colleges. The content will focus primarily on year 1 material, to allow for teachers of year 12 students to apply, but the content and ideas are adaptable for all aspects of the new specification.
Participants and their departments will:
know the content and requirements of the linear A level Maths
understand the purpose of the over-arching themes and their impact on teaching and learning, including use of technology
be confident to teach aspects of the content (including mechanics and statistics)
plan sequences of lessons which meet the requirements of the A level, including addressing the overarching themes and use of technology support colleagues in their own school/college in embedding themes from the Work Group.
Expectations of participants and their schools
Teachers will attend five face to face sessions, they will read academic papers and discuss these at the work group sessions. They will complete small gap tasks, trialling resources with their students and share results with the wider group. They will also take part in the work group evaluation process by completing a ‘Participant Survey’.
Who is leading the Work Group?
The Work Group will consist of four online sessions (Via Zoom) from 1pm to 3pm:
20th November (Fri) – Trigonometry and the Unit Circle (Pure)
12th Jan (Tue) – Modelling with Logarithms (Pure)
11th March (Thu) – Introducing Hypothesis Testing (Statistics)
12th May (Wed) – Equilibrium of Rigid bodies (Mechanics)
Participants will receive videos and tasks to prepare before each session, with the online sessions focusing on a discussion of pedagogy. Teachers will be encouraged to test material with students and share their outcomes with the group. Participants will be expected to complete a reflective evaluation at the end of the Work Group.