This programme is FREE of Charge. There is no application form. To express an interest in joining the programme please contact: Paula Foster- paula.foster@three-saints.org.uk  or Sarah Boyle (L3 Lead)- sarah.boyle@calderstones.co.uk

Supporting Core Maths - AMSP collaboration

This Work Group gives teachers opportunities, through collaboration and experimentation, to develop improved teaching approaches that support the open-ended problem-solving skills Core Maths students need and share these with departmental colleagues. Participant departments will support the role of Core Maths in promoting contextualised problem-solving and links to teaching in other subject areas. It involves a direct working partnership between the Maths Hubs Network and the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP).

What are the intended outcomes of the Work Groups in this NCP?

Professional learning

  • Participants, and where appropriate colleagues in their department, will understand the philosophy of Core Maths, with its approach to maths through contextualised problem-solving
  • Participants will develop their understanding by exploring a range of common Core Maths approaches and topics (e.g. Fermi problems, critical analysis of numbers in the media) and their use of pre-release materials

Practice development

  • Participants will share approaches to planning and delivery of the Core Maths curriculum
  • Participants will teach effectively some mathematical concepts and processes through contextualised problem-solving
  • Participants will identify and make effective use of existing Core Maths resources
  • Participants may develop and trial contextualised problem-solving resources with Key Stage 4 students

Whole school/departmental policies and approaches

  • Where appropriate, participants will disseminate information or lead professional development about Core Maths with their departments
  • Participants will, where appropriate, support their school/college in developing clear ways of communicating and promoting its Core Maths offer
  • Participants will support senior leadership in understanding the benefits of Core Maths
  • Participants will support the role of Core Maths in promoting problem solving within GCSE Maths

Student outcomes

  • Students will have raised awareness of the use of maths and statistics in everyday life
  • Students will have increased their confidence in using maths
  • Key Stage 4 students may experience Core Maths contextualised problem-solving questions to support links to their GCSE but also to highlight the support Core Maths can give to Year 12/13 students who are studying other subjects (maths in psychology, geography etc)

Who is it for?

The target group for lead participants in these Work Groups is experienced, recent or - in exceptional cases - potential teachers of Core Maths. These may be teachers in post-16 settings whose main subject is maths or whose main subject is not maths. Lead participants will be expected, where appropriate, to work with colleagues in their own department.

This programme is FREE of Charge. There is no application form. To express an interest in joining the programme please contact: Paula Foster- paula.foster@three-saints.org.uk  or Sarah Boyle (L3 Lead)- sarah.boyle@calderstones.co.uk