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NCP19-14b - Teaching for Mastery - Mixed Age Classes - Craven Arms (Days 1&3), Stottesdon Primary (Day 2 - inc. see Open Lessons with Y1/2 and Y3/4) - Starts 30/1/20

Thursday 30 January, Thursday 30 April, Thursday 21 May, Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre


Before booking this, please also consider the alternative option for Day 2, which would be to see an Open Lesson with Yr 5/6 at Stretton Sugwas Primary instead.

 

The project will involve the trialling and reviewing of a range of approaches to deal with the issue of planning for mixed age classes in a mastery context. Participants will explore current work and case studies from the Work Groups which have previously looked at this issue. Teachers will be able to engage with the approaches in their own schools and evaluate the impact on pupils. The Primary Mastery Professional Development Materials will underpin the work and provide a structure for planning.

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Who will be leading the group?

Gemma Cherrington

Gemma is a Primary Maths Teaching for Mastery Specialist and NCETM PD Accredited lead. She is an experienced Primary Maths subject leader, with MaST qualification.

Gemma has extensive and successful experience in teaching mixed-age classes, and led a Mixed Age classes Work Group in 2018-19. She is working collaboratively as part of the national working party to develop Mixed Age Classes Work Groups in 2019-20.

Gemma has undertaken extensive Primary Maths research of different educational systems, and will be working collaboratively with and hosting teachers from Shanghai in 2019-20.

Who is it for?

Schools that have mixed age classes are invited to nominate one or two teachers to participate in this Work Group. Participants must be from schools that are taking part in the Teaching for Mastery Programme, either this year or in previous years.

What are the intended outcomes?

Participants will deepen their understanding of teaching for mastery and be able to use different models to deliver a mastery curriculum within a mixed age setting. They will also develop and begin to implement a coherent policy appropriate to the setting, to support teachers in designing and teaching lessons to meet the needs of learners from mixed age groups.

What will it involve?

Participants will attend three face-to-face days with the Work Group Lead and participants from other schools, including seeing an Open Lesson with a Mixed Age class at the second workshop. Gap tasks will focus questions to support reflections which are then discussed at the following workshop.

The project will involve the trialling and reviewing of a range of approaches to deal with the issue of planning for mixed age classes in a mastery context. It will present current work and case studies from the innovation work already carried out. Work Group Leads will support participants in engaging with the approaches in their own schools and evaluating the impact on pupils. 

Participants will be able to explore a range of models for addressing mixed age teaching in maths, including:

  • Restructuring lesson time to allow for separate input to different year groups
  • Restructuring staffing and timetables so pupils can be grouped by age for maths lessons
  • Planning to meet the needs of learners from different year groups when it is not possible or practical to group pupils according to their age (e.g. in very small schools where more than two year groups are mixed).
  • Day 1 - Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms
  • Day 2 - (b) Stottesdon Primary School - including a chance to see Open Lessons with Y1/2 and Y3/4
  • Day 3 - Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms

What is the cost?

Free

Cover costs of up to £200 per day will be paid for teachers in their first two years of teaching. Please indicate where requested on the booking form.


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