For Secondary Schools & Post 16

Challenging topics in the new GCSE

This Work Group aims to support schools and colleges to address the challenge of teaching the new GCSE.

Comments from staff who have previously participated in the Work Group 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.”

This year the group will explore approaches to teaching ratio and  proportion and will focus on GCSE questions which have proved challenging and also improve department professional development processes for doing this.

Participants will:

  • Deeper insight into the key issues and misconceptions behind the challenging topic
  • Analyse and unpick teaching issues underpinning the challenging topic of ration & proportion 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 ratio & proportion. 
  • 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.

Four twilight sessions will be held at Driffield School and Sixth Form, Manorfield Road, Driffield, YO25 5HR:

  • Tuesday 3rd December
  • Wednesday 5th February
  • Monday 27th April
  • Tuesday 23rd June

Sessions will run from 4-6pm and are delivered free of charge.

To book a place or for further information, please contact us:

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