KS2 and KS3 Multiplicative Reasoning

The Multiplicative Reasoning (MR) project is a new research initiative provided by NW1 Maths Hub and delivered in partnership with our research partners, Manchester University Mathematics Education department.

It provides high quality professional development and curriculum resources in order to improve learning and teaching of proportional reasoning within Key Stage 2 and 3. It was ran last year by NW1 on behalf of the DfE and the NCETM as a response to the phase 3 findings of the recent ICCAMS research. This highly acclaimed project was evaluated by Sheffield Hallam, being a great success in terms of outcomes for all colleagues and schools involved.

Training Dates and Times (2017/2018)

Dates: 4 December 2017, 25 January, 12 March, 2 May and 14 June 2018
Times: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls



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Programme structure

The course involves 4 workshop days and 1 in school lesson study day. Ideally suited to pairs of colleagues from the same school, however neighbouring schools may wish to collaborate on the project.

Course aims

The core purpose of the project is to improve the outcomes and experience for KS 2/3 pupils in the area of multiplicative reasoning leading to wider benefits for their mathematics education. A focus will be developing reflective classroom practitioners as well as aspects of lesson study and other classroom research strategies.

What does it involve?

The MR content includes developing a deeper understanding of multiplicative structures such as fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios. It has been suggested by research that many pupils (and adults) fail to move on from additive structures and this can lead to many misconceptions and errors in subsequent mathematical study.
During the project, teachers will work together for a year with teachers from other schools and within their own department to deepen their understanding and develop their practice in the area of multiplicative reasoning. They will have access to new exciting curriculum resources to use with their classes. Project teachers will also learn strategies to lead departmental training in order that successful developments can become embedded more widely. The resources and professional development activities are being created by a team of national experts to address the fundamental issues that pupils have with MR content.