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What is a Work Group?

The NCETM have devised and honed a collaborative professional development model called a Work Group. Work Groups have the following key characteristics:

  • Groups are run by teachers and for teachers to enable practice to be developed shared and embedded.
  • Activities include workshops, gap tasks, and ongoing reflection and evaluation.
  • Work Group leads attend national meetings hosted by NCETM.
  • Groups make use of NCETM forums for communication.

Each year the NCETM works with the maths hubs to decide the list of Work Groups that will be run across the country. They are called National Collaborative Projects or NCPs. Individual hubs also give the opportunity to lead new developments and suggest innovation groups.

For Primary Schools

Teaching for Mastery TRG Programme - Full for 2019/20!

Lead: Kate Henshall

In 2019/20, all Maths Hubs will be running primary mathematics Teaching for Mastery Work Groups led by Mastery Specialists. This programme is for schools who have a commitment to developing a teaching for mastery approach. Although the participation involves two teachers attending events outside of the school, it is expected that these two teachers lead development across the whole school. Each Maths Hub is now seeking to recruit schools for Work Groups, each involving six or seven schools.

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For Primary Schools

Mastery Readiness

Lead: Kate Henshall

Groups of seven schools will each send two teachers to receive training which will include visits to their settings. The training includes an introduction to mastery, how to prepare a school to be ready to implement teaching for mastery, initial steps, both in leadership and in classroom teaching, and strategies to overcome potential barriers.
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For Primary Schools

Early Years

Lead: Rebecca Holland

Many schools are adopting a teaching for mastery approach in mathematics. The starting point for a school is usually Year 1 and then thought is given as to how the approach is built across KS1 and KS2. Schools naturally want to consider the teaching of mathematics in Reception and how the transition to Year 1 can best support children’s learning.
The Work Groups in this project will start by exploring best practice in Early Years and how the principles might build a secure foundation in mathematics for transition into a teaching for mastery approach in Year 1. It will consider the curriculum - what children need to know and understand; approaches to planning and the inclusion of all children; and appropriate resources and contexts for effective learning.
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For Primary Schools

Coming Soon........ Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics - Primary

Lead: Stephanie Kirk

Work Groups in this project – which are available for Early Years practitioners, primary teachers, and TAs at EY and primary – will develop their mathematical subject knowledge in conjunction with understanding the pedagogy that underpins the teaching of it. Understanding of mathematical structures will be explored so participants gain a detailed understanding of how children learn early mathematical concepts.
This is a continuation of NCP17-14 and NCP18-20/21 and the Early Years pilot project. This year, the developed resources will be trialled across the Maths Hubs Network with the aim of refining the materials to create a standardised modular programme which can be designed to address local needs.

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For Primary Schools

Coming Soon........ Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics - Teaching Assistant

Lead: Amy How

Work Groups in this project – which are available for Early Years practitioners, primary teachers, and TAs at EY and primary – will develop their mathematical subject knowledge in conjunction with understanding the pedagogy that underpins the teaching of it. Understanding of mathematical structures will be explored so participants gain a detailed understanding of how children learn early mathematical concepts.
This is a continuation of NCP17-14 and NCP18-20/21 and the Early Years pilot project. This year, the developed resources will be trialled across the Maths Hubs Network with the aim of refining the materials to create a standardised modular programme which can be designed to address local needs.

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For Secondary Schools

Challenging Topics at GCSE

Lead: Tim Chadwick

Participants to this Work Group will address specific issues that their pupils have at GCSE and explore the pedagogy around their topics, hoping to deepen pupil understanding at the root of the issue. Schools that participate, and Maths Hubs across the country, will address the same issue of challenging topics at GCSE which will all be shared for everyone to access, further strengthening the goal of the Work Group.

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Post 16

Supporting Core Maths

Lead: Mark Pierzchalski

The success of Core Maths relies on the pool of enthusiastic teachers that provide students with the necessary expertise and experience. This Work Group aspires connect those teachers to strengthen that pool. Participants will come together to explore the philosophy of Core Maths and develop improved teaching techniques that address the contextualised problem solving nature of the course. West Yorkshire Maths Hub is looking for any teachers who currently teach Core Maths, or are new to teaching it to join this free Work Group in 2019-2020.

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Post 16

Developing Pedagogy in A Level Maths

Lead: Tim Chadwick

Aimed at experienced A Level Teachers, this Work Group focuses on the pedagogy surrounding the three overarching themes at A Level: Argument, Language & Proof, Problem Solving and Modelling.

Teachers will bring their expertise and have time to create lessons around Pure, Mechanics or Statistics which embed the requirements of the overarching themes to share with their colleagues and students. A positive, collaborative network will be created so all ideas and output can be shared amongst participants from Maths Hubs across the country.

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For Secondary Schools

Secondary Mastery Readiness

Lead: Tara Stuttard, James Hunter and Mark Duxbury

This Work Group includes an introduction to mastery, how to prepare a school to be ready to implement teaching for mastery, initial steps, both in leadership and in classroom teaching, and strategies to overcome potential barriers.
Two teachers including the Maths leader will attend each of the Work Groups and schools will receive bespoke support from the Work Group Lead in between Work Groups.

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For Secondary Schools

Curriculum focus

Lead: Sarah Chamings

This Work Group is aimed at current or aspiring Mathematics leaders in secondary schools. Participants will receive a mix of pedagogy to support development of their own practice, framed within an exploration of their curriculum with respect to the principles of mastery. Leaders will develop a vision for what mastery will ‘look like’ in their own curriculum and reflect upon current practice and priorities.

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