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National Collaborative Projects

NCP1a: England – China Education Research & Innovation Project (Shanghai Teacher Exchange)

Primary Project Lead: Jenny McGarry (St Marys Primary School)

Secondary Project Lead:  Alison Heathcock (Altrincham Grammar School for Girls)

Programme Priorities:

  • Developing specialist subject knowledge of teachers of mathematics
  • Developing pedagogical knowledge of teachers of mathematics
  • Increased progress and achievement in primary

This is one of the first pieces of work embarked upon up by the Maths Hubs, and coordinated centrally by the NCETM. It is built around an exchange of teachers, between hub schools and schools in Shanghai, to explore the implementation, in English schools, of the Mastery Teaching approach.

In September 2014, 71 primary teachers travelled to Shanghai, with a similar number from Shanghai primary schools returning to England, in two waves: November 2014, and February/March 2015. A similar pattern of exchanges took place in 2015/2016, where NW1 had both a primary and secondary school involved in this exchange. 

NCP2 – Mastery pedagogy for primary mathematics 2:  Use of high quality textbooks (linked to Singapore) to support teacher professional development

Project Leads: Fiona Hagsharfi (St Marys Primary School) and Adam Gifford (The Bollin Primary School)

Programme Priorities:

  • Developing pedagogical knowledge of teachers of mathematics (especially understanding of mastery pedagogy and Shanghai & Singapore pedagogy

This project involves primary schools using adapted versions of high quality textbooks currently used in Singapore, and backed up by professional development activities, as a means of supporting teachers to implement the mastery approach.  The schools have chosen between two texts: Inspire Maths, adapted by Oxford University Press; and Maths – No Problem, adapted by the publishers Maths No Problem. Both texts have been adapted in line with the new National Curriculum.

NW1 has four primary schools in this project and has developed a network of over thirty primary schools across the North West involved in these teaching structures.

NCP3:  Increasing participation in level 3 maths post-16 

Project Leads: Sue Hough (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Programme Priorities:

  • Increasing access to wider curriculum offer (especially Core Maths and Further Maths)
  • Increased participation in level 3 Mathematics (including A-level Maths and Further Maths and Core Maths)
  • Reducing the gap between girls’ and boys’ participation in level 3 Mathematics

This national project has the broad aim of increasing participation of post-16 students in advanced mathematics courses of various types, including A Level and Core Maths. NW1 has four group leads and 19 schools involved in this exciting project, where we also have several exciting initiatives for this sector:

  • Post Doctorial research into post 16 participation being led by Dr David Woolley.
  • Core Maths Level 3 support CPD sessions and a specialist group of SLE’s to help colleges that wish to adopt the CM course.
  • NW1 will be hosting an A level mathematics conference in the next academic year for dissemination and networking for those who currently deliver A level maths.
  • GCSE in FE, this has become a recent issue for colleges and NW1 has a range of support opportunities for FE colleges, both CPD and SLE support.
  • Mathematical Reasoning : project started in September 2015, to trial ways of developing mathematical reasoning skills in Key Stage 3 pupils.

NCP4 – Developing mathematical reasoning in KS3

Project Lead: Andrew Barry (Altrincham Grammar School for Girls)

Programme Priorities:

  • Developing pedagogical knowledge of teachers of mathematics
  • Supporting teachers to address new curriculum and qualifications
  • Improving quality of curriculum resources and activities
  • Increased progress and achievement in secondary

NCP5 – Primary Mathematics Teaching for Mastery Specialists Programme

Project Lead:  Wendy McCormack (Christ Church CE Primary School)

Programme Priorities:

  • Developing specialist subject knowledge of teachers for mathematics (all phases and including particular areas)
  • Developing pedagogical knowledge of teachers of mathematics (especially understanding of mastery pedagogy and Shanghai & Singapore pedagogy)

This project involves the training of four teachers in each Maths Hub area to become experts in teaching for mastery in their own classrooms, and in supporting the similar development of teachers elsewhere in their school, and in partner schools.

The teachers are divided into six regional groups, each group meeting, over the course of the school year, for three two-day workshops, led by the NCETM. Each teacher is also organising and leading a total of six days’ professional development activity in their own, and in local, schools. The main thrust of this has been to develop ways of groups of teachers collaborating over time in the design, delivery and refinement of lessons, in what are known as Teacher Research Groups (TRGs).

NW1 currently has 4 teacher leads but will be shortly recruiting a further 4 leads.

For further information on any of these projects and to see how they link to a national picture please feel free to visit our main Maths Hub website.

If you would like to make contact with any of our project leads please contact Simon Mazumder our Maths Hub Lead or Sarah Ludlam our Maths Hub Administrator on 0161 912 5912.

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