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19 Wolverhampton - Developing A level Teaching - Tuesday, 12 February, 2019 -9.15am to 3.15pm

Tuesday 12 February, Tuesday 2 April, Wednesday 3 July, Wolverhampton TBC


This new national project in 2018-19 will run regionally to provide support for developing the quality of teaching in response to the demands of the new specifications for A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.  It will be in partnership with the Advanced Maths Support Programme (AMSP).  Work groups in this project aim to develop existing A level pedagogy and support development of the requirements of the new A levels and understand the purpose of the orverarching themes in departments.  Participants will gain confidence in leadship within departments and in developing the overarching themes of the new A levels.

Project summary

  • National support for the development of the quality of teaching in A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics in school and college departments.
  • Direct working partnership between the Maths Hubs network and the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP).
  • Funded and led by the AMSP supported by Maths Hubs in relation to location and recruitment.

Project rationale

New NCP in partnership with the AMSP.

  • Targeting school/college departmental development needs and those of teachers in these   departments.
  • Flexible attendance by individual teachers from departments based on need.
  • Potential to target areas of low engagement with support activity.

Who will be leading the group?

Martin Withington/Richard Stakes

Martin Withington (Consultant for Mathematics in Education and AMSP Associate).

Martin has taught A level Maths and Further Maths in a Sixth Form College, and an independent school, before retiring from full time teaching in 2008. He has extensive experience in using IT both in the classroom and for resource preparation. Since 2002 he has tutored annually at the TSM Conference which attracts delegates from around the world.

Richard Stakes (AMSP) will be supporting this work group.

Who is it for?

  • For leading the development of mathematics teaching and learning in departments with A level provision and other experienced A level teachers.

Day 1 - This would be for Heads or Deputy Heads of Department, KS5 Co-ordinators, Programme Managers or Course leaders or others with a smilar role.

Days 2 & 3  - These can be for the above, alongside other colleagues from the department, dependent on experience and identified needs in the department.

This is not a subject knowledge development programme.

Combined applications where different teachers from the same department attend different days will be considered provided that both teachers complete the gap tasks between workshops.

What are the intended outcomes?

Broad Work Group/Programme outcomes

Professional learning

·     know the content and requirements of the new A level Mathematics

·     understand the purpose of the overarching themes

·     be confident in teaching new aspects of pedagogy (particularly mechanics and statistics)   

·      believe in the benefits of teaching statistics through the use of large data sets.

·      plan sequences of lessons which meet the requirements of the new A level

 

·       raise awareness in students to the links between mathematical topics within the new A level content

·      support colleagues in their own schools/colleges in embedding themes from the course in their planning for the new A level

·      use real-world data to support the learning of Statistics with a large data set.

Whole school/departmental policies and approaches

  • Schools/colleges will have improved the capacity of staff to deliver A level Mathematics, and they will be able to prepare lessons that meet the requirements of the new A level.

Pupil achievement, attitudes, participation or experience

  • Pupils will engage with the three overarching themes of the new A level and so have a more joined up view of the subject and be better prepared for the new style of exams. 

What will it involve?

Participation in three one-day workshops and completion of gap tasks between workshops.

Three face-to-face Work Group meetings where participating leaders of A level teaching (and departmental colleagues on subsequent days following Day1) will develop their practice of effectively; planning sequences of lessons which meet the requirements of the new A level, raise awareness in students of the links between mathematical topics within the new A level content and support colleagues in their own school/college) to embed themes from the course in their planning and delivery of the new A level teaching.

What is the cost?

Free

Cover costs of up to £180 per day will be paid for teachers in their first two years of teaching.


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