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Mathematical Thinking at GCSE

The Mathematical Thinking for GCSE project is for secondary maths teachers looking for practical and theoretical elements to address their students’ GCSE attainment.
The stated aims of the KS4 Programme of Study are that, through working on the content, students should develop mathematical fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. While mathematical thinking is a key feature of all of these, the focus of this Work Group is to support teachers in developing their understanding of mathematical thinking as it relates to problem-solving and reasoning, using practical task types to explore what it means for students to get better at mathematical thinking and what this looks like in the classroom.

What is involved?

Exam boards often note that, when students come to GCSE exams, AO2 and AO3 are frequently poorly addressed. This Work Group is designed to:

* offer teachers support so that they are better equipped to help all students develop their mathematical thinking, ultimately preparing them for the challenges of the GCSE and beyond

* support teachers in understanding and using participation in a Work Group as the basis of collaborative continued professional development for themselves and within their department.

There will be four Work Group meetings with school-based tasks for participants to complete and reflect upon between each meeting. Days One and Four are full days (or equivalent), with Days Two and Three each taking 0.5 days.

Who can apply?

This for teachers of KS4 who want to further develop their pedagogical and theoretical understanding of developing mathematical thinking, and practical classroom strategies to explore these ideas. Participants will be expected to begin to lead developments from the Work Group in their own department and so should have the opportunity and authority to do this effectively. Teachers who have already engaged with the Work Group might like to continue with the structure to explore further and think more deeply about supporting mathematical thinking in the classroom.

Intended Outcomes

Participants and their schools will:
  • increase their experience and understanding of the role of reasoning and problem-solving in the curriculum
  • understand how these are tested at GCSE
  • understand effective collaborative approaches to embed developments department-wide
  • demonstrate improved confidence in planning and leading lessons that support deep mathematical thinking
  • consider next steps for further deepening, developing and reviewing mathematical thinking

Dates/Details

The Mathematical Thinking for GCSE project is for secondary maths teachers looking for practical and theoretical elements to address their students’ GCSE attainment.
The stated aims of the KS4 Programme of Study are that, through working on the content, students should develop mathematical fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. While mathematical thinking is a key feature of all of these, the focus of this Work Group is to support teachers in developing their understanding of mathematical thinking as it relates to problem-solving and reasoning, using practical task types to explore what it means for students to get better at mathematical thinking and what this looks like in the classroom.

What is involved?

Exam boards often note that, when students come to GCSE exams, AO2 and AO3 are frequently poorly addressed. This Work Group is designed to:

* offer teachers support so that they are better equipped to help all students develop their mathematical thinking, ultimately preparing them for the challenges of the GCSE and beyond

* support teachers in understanding and using participation in a Work Group as the basis of collaborative continued professional development for themselves and within their department.

There will be four Work Group meetings with school-based tasks for participants to complete and reflect upon between each meeting. Days One and Four are full days (or equivalent), with Days Two and Three each taking 0.5 days.

Who can apply?

This for teachers of KS4 who want to further develop their pedagogical and theoretical understanding of developing mathematical thinking, and practical classroom strategies to explore these ideas. Participants will be expected to begin to lead developments from the Work Group in their own department and so should have the opportunity and authority to do this effectively. Teachers who have already engaged with the Work Group might like to continue with the structure to explore further and think more deeply about supporting mathematical thinking in the classroom.

Intended Outcomes

Participants and their schools will:
  • increase their experience and understanding of the role of reasoning and problem-solving in the curriculum
  • understand how these are tested at GCSE
  • understand effective collaborative approaches to embed developments department-wide
  • demonstrate improved confidence in planning and leading lessons that support deep mathematical thinking
  • consider next steps for further deepening, developing and reviewing mathematical thinking

Dates/Details

The Work Group Lead for this project is Mathematics Consultant Susan Okereke.  Susan has been a Work Group lead at this Maths Hub for the last 2 year. She has a Masters in Teaching and is a qualified NCETM PD lead.

This Mathematical Thinking Work Group will take place:

Session 1 = Mon 11th January – 9.30-11.30am (on-line)

Session 2 = Mon 1st March – 9.30-11.30am (on-line)

Session 3 = Mon 26th April – 9.30am- 3pm (Face-to-face) @ Fox Primary School in Notting Hill

If you are interested in booking a place, please email 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.