Meet the West Yorkshire Maths Hub Team!
Tara is our Assistant Hub Lead for Secondary. She oversees the Secondary Teaching for Mastery Work Group programme. We asked Tara a few questions about her role at the hub and what she gets up to outside of work!
Tell us what you love the most about your job?
I love the fact that my role enables me to work in a number of different schools, with amazing and inspiring teachers. I also feel lucky that I get to really think about the pedagogy of teaching maths.
What is a typical day for you?
There really is no typical day, and that’s what I love. One day could include visiting a school to support our new Mastery Specialists or facilitating an open classroom for teachers of the schools we work with. An afternoon could be spent delivering face-to-face or online workshops, or visiting schools to support them embed mastery teaching in their department.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
When I’m not at work I love to travel and explore new places. I have a passion for the water and enjoy scuba diving holidays, even in the UK I’m drawn to lakes and the coast for cold water swims. This year my aim is to take up paddleboarding!
NEW research and innovation work group coming in the new year!
This Work Group will focus on the key research question, ‘How can Oracy deepen pupils’ mathematical reasoning?’
The Work Group will focus on the use of precise mathematical language and stem sentences to enhance children’s mathematical reasoning. It will review how stem sentences can be incorporated into lessons to deepen understanding and how teachers can use talk and questioning to develop and strengthen pupil’s explanations.
Schools will work collaboratively to develop a strategic approach to implementing and developing oracy within mathematics and build up to having precise language and stem sentences embedded within mathematics lessons.
Watch this space for more details in the new year.
This Work Group is available to schools within Bradford, Leeds and Calderdale. If your school is not in this region we will not be able to provide a place on the Work Group for you.
Professional development for non-specialist secondary maths teachers!
We’re pleased to inform you that the course dates are now set and it will begin in December! The course is a blend of face to face teaching and remote learning to take account of the need to meet together and the geographical spread of participants. We will send further details of the venue for the first session in the coming weeks.
We are very much looking forward to working with you. If you have any questions regarding the Work Group, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
If you’ve not already secured your place, head here to register!