Challenging Topics at GCSE Work Groups

Work Groups in this national project, across the Maths Hubs Network in England, aim to gather evidence from teachers early experiences with the new maths GCSE, with particular emphasis on how a new mix of challenging topics (for students and teachers) has emerged. Informed by this experience, Work Groups will develop new, or re-shaped, teaching approaches that match the new challenges and that, once embedded, will help students succeed, at both Higher and Foundation level.

Who is this for?

The Work Group will largely consist of pairs of teachers from up to four secondary schools. Ideally each pair will comprise one teacher with a curriculum responsibility within their department and one other teacher, perhaps a non-specialist.

What is involved?

  • Work Groups will develop and share teaching activities and approaches designed to have immediate impact with KS4 students
  • Work Groups will also develop and share teaching activities for KS3 students which better prepare them for the chosen topic
  • Participants will evaluate the success of the activities and approaches

Intended Outcomes:

  • Participant teachers develop deeper understanding of why certain topics are challenging (for both students and teachers) including factors associated with student experiences in KS3
  • Maths departments in participant schools, through collaboration and experimentation, develop new and shared ways of preparing for, and teaching, challenging topics 
  • Pupils become more confident in their own skills and abilities, developing a deeper and more connected understanding of prior content thus enabling them to better tackle the challenging topics.

The work group will be lead by Sinead McKeever and will consist of 4 half-day sessions and will focus on Quadratic Equations.  It includes supply cover funding for two teachers from the four participating schools. This Work Group has now started and sign-up is no longer possible.  Details of 2018/19 Work Groups will be available on this website soon.

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