Developing mathematical reasoning in KS3
Developing mathematical reasoning within secondary school maths departments also remains an important priority for the way Maths Hubs can support secondary schools.
In 2016/17, secondary schools were involved (and supported with funding to cover teachers costs) in focused CPD on how to develop reasoning at KS3.
In 2017/18 this will be extended to achieve a greater reach – led by one high performing school. Again there will be funding available for cover costs allowing teachers valuable CPD time out of class.
Work Group aims and approach:
The Work Group aims to improve teacher’s subject knowledge, pedagogy and classroom practice in relation to developing pupil’s mathematical reasoning skills while also supporting the development of department cultures and practices to do this. The focus is on both participant teachers and their departments in order to secure a longer term and more sustainable improvement for pupils.
In order to do this the Work Group will follow the TIME team (teachers improving maths education) professional development model which enbales schools to collaborate through the linking of workshop and department activities using a lesson study approach. This allows the wider department to be involved in the professional development. The workshops will offer a small selection of reasoning tasks as the focus of the professional development allowing departments to evaluate the impact of these and subsequently identify those approaches that might be best suited to their particular needs and circumstances for continued work. A key feature of the leadership of each hub Work Group will be HEI support bringing research expertise (into the learning of mathematics and teacher professional development) alongside that of a PD lead.