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Years 7-11 Coherence

Explore approaches to key topics in KS3 and at GCSE

Who can take part?

Participants should be secondary school maths teachers. Individuals or ideally pairs of teachers from a department participate, and will work with other members of their department at appropriate points. The project also offers an entry point into developing mastery approaches, or could support a department already involved in the Teaching for Mastery Programme.

What is involved?

Feedback from teachers, along with GCSE exam analysis, indicates there are key areas of the curriculum that students find challenging. Work Groups in this project deconstruct and analyse these areas and devise effective approaches to them, to achieve a more coherent learning journey through the secondary years.

Work Groups will follow a workshop – school-based work cycle. Teachers will identify and analyse a key topic area, work collaboratively to develop pedagogical approaches to it, and evaluate and discuss it after teaching.


  • Your students will gain a deeper understanding of the topic area being considered by the Work Group and the underlying maths
  • You will develop a deeper insight into the maths that underpins learning in a challenging topic, through unpicking and analysing the topic
  • You will identify misconceptions and plan a series of lessons to support students in the topic area
  • You and your department will unpick and analyse topics to inform collaborative planning and develop of schemes of work

What is the cost?

The Years 7-11 Coherence project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

*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 weeks’ notice.**


Work Group Option 1

Session 1 – 7 Nov, full day at Swakeleys School for Girls

Session 2 – 16 Jan, 3:30-5pm Online

Session 3 – 6 Feb, full day at Swakeleys School for Girls

Session 4 – 20 March, 3:30-5pm Online

Work Group Option 2

Session 1 – 13 Jun, full day at Swakeleys School for Girls

Session 2 – 26 Jun – 3:30-5pm Online

Session 3 – 3 July – Full day at Swakeleys School for Girls

Session 4 – 11 July – 3:30-5pm Online

Please see Years 7-11 Coherence Flyer here and application form here.

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