Work Groups in this project will focus on participant teachers working together to ‘unpick’ (i.e. analyse, deconstruct and trace through the curriculum) a challenging topic from GCSE Mathematics.
Participants will develop insight into the associated difficulties and misconceptions to support teaching in the short term, but also consider the implications for longer term curriculum design.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
Each Work Group will follow a 'Workshop - School-Based Task' cycle. Workshops will provide opportunities for teachers to identify and analyse a key challenging topic area, to work collaboratively to develop pedagogical approaches to it, and to evaluate and discuss after teaching. There will be school-based tasks for participants to engage with between each meeting.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Participants should be secondary school teachers of GCSE Maths. Ideally two teachers will attend from each participating school. Teachers who have previously participated in Work Groups in this project are welcome to take part again in 2020/21.
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS?
Schools must be able to commit to the full academic year’s programme. This will likely be a blend of face-to-face and online support this year. support across the academic year, as well as classroom and school-based activity.
Participants must also be supported by their school leadership to explore outcomes from the project with other colleagues in their school.
Participants and their schools will:
THE WIDER CONTEXT
Feedback from teachers and GCSE exam analysis indicates there are key areas of the curriculum that students continue to find challenging. While teachers will need to address students’ immediate difficulties with regard to such topics, there is also the recognition that these issues are often rooted in earlier learning, and this forms a key focus for these Work Groups. These Work Groups address strategic goals relevant to secondary schools, specifically: supporting schools to address the challenges of teaching GCSE Maths so that all students develop deep knowledge, understanding and confidence, and are well prepared for progression to post-16 education.
WHO IS LEADING THE WORK GROUP?
Kate Auld, Minster School - Secondary Maths Hub Specialist
Challenging Topics at GCSE
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