For Secondary Schools

Challenging topics in the new GCSE

This project, now in its second year, aims to support schools and colleges to address the challenge of teaching the new GCSE.

Comments from staff who participated in last year’s project include “It changed the way I teach!”, “It moved me out of my comfort zone” and “It was great to share experiences with staff from other schools.”

It is not necessary to have taken part in year 1 to participate in year 2. This year we will explore approaches to teaching proof and will focus on GCSE questions which have proved challenging and also improve department professional development processes for doing this.

Participants will:

• Analyse and unpick teaching issues underpinning the challenging topic of proof and gain a deeper understanding of the prerequisites for teaching them.

• Consider the implications for addressing these issues – both in the immediate teaching of pupils demonstrating those difficulties, but also the longer-term development of those skills across the curriculum.

• Plan and teach more effective lessons that identify and address pupils’ difficulties in relation to proof.

• Work collaboratively with colleagues both within school and outside to address these issues.

The main requirement to take part is an enthusiasm for teaching maths and a desire to improve classroom practice!

Ideally two teachers from each school will take part, one with some curriculum responsibility or someone who has the opportunity to contribute to curriculum
development within their department, and anyone else who wishes to improve their practice, but this combination is not essential. NQTs are welcome.

Training is delivered free of charge.

This is now fully booked. Please do get in touch via the email address below if you would like to register for the next programme dates.

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