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Work Groups

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.

 

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For Primary Schools

Early Years - Building foundations in Reception

Lead: TBC

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For Primary Schools

Mastery Readiness - Primary

Lead: TBC

Maths Hubs will be running primary mathematics Mastery Readiness Work Groups led by Mastery Readiness Leads. This programme is for schools that have a commitment to developing a teaching for mastery approach long term but currently need additional support for improving mathematics teaching, learning and leadership. Although the participation involves two teachers attending events outside of the school, it is expected that these two teachers have the opportunity to lead development across the whole school.

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For Primary Schools

Embedding Work Group – Primary

Lead: TBC

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For Primary Schools

Sustaining Work Group – Primary

Lead: TBC

This is for all primary schools who have previously been involved in teaching for mastery via a Development or Embedding Work Group, or who are Mastery Specialist schools. It brings together schools across the Maths Hubs Network that are working on continued development to sustain their teaching for mastery approach to mathematics.

It is new in 2020/21 and builds on the work carried out in previous teaching for mastery Work Groups This year it will particularly focus on curriculum recovery. It will support schools in helping pupils make up for lost time through focusing on what really matters and providing a network of mutual support and expert guidance.

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For Primary Schools

Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics - (TA)

Lead: TBC

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.

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For Primary Schools

Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics - Primary

Lead: TBC

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.

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For Primary Schools

Y5-Y8 Continuity

Lead: TBC

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For Secondary Schools

Embedding Work Group – Secondary

Lead: TBC

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For Secondary Schools

Secondary Mastery Readiness Programme

Lead: TBC

The Mastery Readiness Programme has been developed to provide a stepping stone to take schools into the Teaching for Mastery Programme in 2021/22, offering collaborative training and bespoke support from a specialist.
Hundreds of schools have successfully taken part in Mastery Readiness to date and continue to develop their approach with the support of trained specialists at their Maths Hub.

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For Secondary Schools

Development Work Group – Secondary

Lead: TBC

Joining this Work Group will support you and your department to develop a teaching for mastery approach in your school, through collaborative professional development and bespoke support from a Mastery Specialist.
Maths Hub Work Groups, each led by a Mastery Specialist, offer locally-based, collaborative CPD. Two teachers (‘Mastery Advocates’) from each of a small group of schools or colleges, meet half termly. Together they develop classroom and departmental approaches consistent with teaching for mastery. The Mastery Specialist leads the process and gives bespoke support to each school or college.

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For Secondary Schools

Challenging Topics at GCSE

Lead: TBC

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

Developing A Level Pedagogy

Lead: Tim Chadwick

This project provides national support for the effective development of pedagogy in the teaching of A level Mathematics to enhance the quality of teaching and the conceptual understanding of students. Its aim is to develop and sustain regional communities of practice involving collaboration between teachers. The focus is on developing pedagogy in A level Maths teaching, and developing participants as leaders of A level teaching professional development in their own school or college.

This project involves a direct working partnership between the Maths Hubs Network and the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP).

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Post 16

Developing Core Maths

Lead: TBC

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.

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Post 16

Supporting Post-16 GCSE Work Groups

Lead: Tim Chadwick

Work Groups in this project will explore effective ways of teaching key content to GCSE resit students, and working with teachers of post-16 resit GCSE. Participants will, through collaboration and experimentation, deepen their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum demands of GCSE Maths and their awareness of pedagogical approaches that best support students taking GCSE for the second time. Participants’ departments will, through shared good practice, become more effective at teaching GCSE resit, for example by wider and more confident use of teaching approaches such as bar modelling, multiplicative reasoning, or realistic contextualisation. Work Group activity will also be influenced by understanding the unfolding support that will be required for transition to the post-16 environment with awarded grades rather than exam results.

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