Primary Projects

Secondary Projects 2021/22

Secondary Teaching for Mastery Programme

Overview

Secondary maths teachers whose schools want to introduce and embed teaching for mastery can nominate two teachers (Mastery Advocates) to join a Secondary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Group (Year One of the Teaching for Mastery Programme). You will be part of a locally-based group of teachers who meet regularly to develop professional knowledge and expertise, as well as receiving bespoke support.

Who can take part?

Primary schools that want to adopt teaching for mastery in maths.

What is involved?

Your school will be part of a small group of schools working together, both online and face-to-face at workshops. The Secondary Mastery Specialist leading your group will regularly liaise with your school, virtually or in person, to offer bespoke support, tailored to your school's specific needs, and will work with leaders and staff.

What is the cost?

The Secondary Teaching for Mastery Programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools. In Year One each participating school will receive a £2000 grant to go towards teacher release costs.

Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics - Secondary Non-specialist Teachers

Overview

This programme is designed to upskill non-specialists teaching maths in a secondary school and is for anyone who has maths lessons on their timetable, but who did not train as a maths teacher. This is what was previously the TSST Programme (teacher subject specialism training) but is now being delivered nationally by Maths Hubs.

Who can take part?

This programme is for non-specialist teachers of maths in state-funded schools who fit the following definition:

A non-specialist teacher of mathematics is 'a teacher that is currently teaching some mathematics who has not undertaken initial teacher training (ITT) in mathematics'.

If there is sufficient space in the cohort, other teachers of maths who do not fit this definition but would benefit from this support may also apply.

What is involved?

The programme is aligned to the NCETM teaching for mastery pedagogy and is based on six key themes:

  • Structure of the number system

  • Operating on number

  • Multiplicative reasoning

  • Sequences and graphs

  • Statistics and probability

  • Geometry.

Participants and their schools must be able to commit to the full academic year’s programme. This is likely to involve some face-to-face activity alongside online collaboration.

What is the cost?

The SKTM – Secondary Non-specialist Teachers project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

Secondary Subject Leadership

Overview

This new project offers focused support to secondary heads of department/subject leaders, to enable them to better understand and implement teaching for mastery approaches across their department, and to develop in their role as leaders of both student learning and teacher professional development. This project provides an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of teaching for mastery approaches, of their wider roles, and of their capacity with their colleagues to transform secondary maths learning.

Who can take part?

The project is for secondary heads of department/subject leaders, and is open to heads of department in schools already involved with the Maths Hub and to those who are not yet involved.

What is involved?

This programme will take place across the equivalent of four days. Participants will support each other through the sharing of strategies and practice within the context of a vibrant professional learning community. Participants will have opportunities for: networking and input on current issues; exploration of materials to use with their department; development of collaborative approaches; ongoing development in their subject leadership role. It will be important for all Work Group participants to benefit from the expertise and experiences of the group of departments represented.

What is the cost?

The Secondary Subject Leadership project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

Secondary Maths MAT Leads

Overview

This project offers focused support to those who lead mathematics across multiple schools within a MAT, to enable them to better understand and develop effective maths pedagogy approaches across those schools. It will also support participants to develop their role as a leader of system change, curriculum change, and teacher professional development.

Who can take part?

The project is for those who lead maths across multiple schools within a MAT, including at least one secondary school.

What is involved?

This project is delivered nationally by the NCETM and will involve: three one-day workshops, online community, and participants carrying out and evaluating their own improvement initiatives, both in and between sessions. Participants and their schools must be able to commit to the full academic year’s programme. This is likely to involve some face-to-face activity alongside online collaboration.

What is the cost?

The Secondary Maths MAT Leads project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

Mathematical Thinking for GCSE

Overview

This 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.

Who can take part?

This is 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.

What is involved?

The Work Group is structured around four workshops with school-based tasks for participants to complete and reflect upon between each meeting. Schools must be able to commit to the full academic year's programme. There will be a mixture of online and face-to-face support across the academic year, as well as classroom and school-based activity.

What is the cost?

The Mathematical Thinking for GCSE project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

Years 7-11 Coherence

Overview

This project focuses on participant teachers working together to analyse, deconstruct and trace through the curriculum a selected key topic area, developing insight into effective teaching approaches, and considering the implications for longer term curriculum design. The project was previously known as Challenging Topics at GCSE, but its name has been amended to more accurately reflect the work undertaken as well as to convey the importance of curriculum coherence.

Who can take part?

Participants should be secondary school teachers of GCSE Maths. Individuals or ideally pairs of teachers from a department participate, with an expectation that they will work with other members of their department at appropriate points.

What is involved?

The Work Group is structured around 3-4 workshops with school-based tasks for participants to complete and reflect upon between each meeting. Schools must be able to commit to the full academic year's programme. There will be a mixture of online and face-to-face support across the academic year, as well as classroom and school-based activity.

 

What is the cost?

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

Years 5-8 Continuity

Overview

Work Groups in this project aim to strengthen the transition from primary to secondary school by focusing on curriculum and pedagogical continuity over Years 5 to 8. Central to the Work Group is the promotion of cross phase communication between teachers to address issues of maths knowledge and learning transition as distinct from pastoral considerations.

Who can take part?

Participants should be teachers of Years 5-8 in primary, secondary, middle school and all-through schools who have some responsibility for curriculum development, e.g. primary school maths leads/secondary heads of department. Linked ‘families’ of schools are encouraged to take part: ideally teachers from two (or more) secondary schools and some of their associated primary schools will work together.

What is involved?

The Work Group is structured around 3-4 workshops with school-based tasks for participants to complete and reflect upon between each meeting. Schools must be able to commit to the full academic year's programme. There will be a mixture of online and face-to-face support across the academic year, as well as classroom and school-based activity.

 

What is the cost?

The Years 5-8 Continuity project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

Strengthening Partnerships with ITT Providers

Overview

This project provides opportunities to explore and share current mathematical developments and consider their implications for ITT providers and Maths Hubs in order to help trainees transition into teaching mathematics effectively.

Who can take part?

Lead participants in this programme will be from the ITT community; they should be directly involved in ITT with a responsibility for maths. It is expected that these participants will represent the various ITT providers across the hub region so may include HEI, SCITT and School Direct, and represent different phases of ITT including EYTS, QTS (primary and secondary), and post-16.

What is involved?

The Work Group is structured around 3-4 workshops. Institutions must be able to commit to the full academic year’s programme. This is likely to involve some face-to-face activity alongside online collaboration.

 

What is the cost?

The Strengthening Partnerships with ITT Providers project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating institutions.

Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics - Secondary Early Career Teachers

Overview

This project is designed to support secondary early career teachers (teachers in their first two years of teaching) in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom. Participants will work deeply on one area of maths, drawing in the associated pedagogy, and activities will include lesson analysis and lesson design.

Who can take part?

This programme is designed for secondary early career teachers (those in their first or second year of teaching). We can offer two places on the programme per participating school.

What is involved?

This programme will take place across the equivalent of four days. Participants and their schools must be able to commit to the full academic year’s programme. This is likely to involve some face-to-face activity alongside online collaboration.

What is the cost?

The SKTM – Secondary Early Career Teachers project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.