This project is designed to support non-specialist teachers teaching maths in a secondary school in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support students in maths in the classroom.
This project is designed to support non-specialist teachers teaching maths in a secondary school in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.
The programme will have the following elements:
Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject (National Curriculum).
Maths Hubs are well placed to provide training for non-specialist teachers of maths so that these teachers have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of the intentions of the maths national curriculum and develop their pedagogical skills. This programme is aligned with an overall Teaching for Mastery Programme designed to develop maths teaching in secondary schools.
Louise is Assistant Maths Hub Lead (Evaluation) for SHaW Maths Hub. She worked as a researcher in mathematics assessment within the DfE and her current research interest is mathematics teacher pedagogy. Louise is a former Secondary Head of Maths, and has led many recent developments in Primary Maths Education. She led the primary mathematics ITE team at the University of Worcester, teaching and supervising student research, and providing CPD to local schools. She is well placed to share her Primary and Secondary expertise to help develop subject and pedagogical knowledge.
This programme is provided for non-specialist teachers of maths in state-funded schools who fit the following definition: ‘A non-specialist teacher of mathematics is ‘a teacher that is currently teaching some mathematics or has commitment from a headteacher/executive head to teach some mathematics within the next year, who has not undertaken initial teacher training (ITT) in mathematics’. This could include:
If there is sufficient space in the cohort, other teachers of maths who do not fit this definition but would benefit from this support may also participate. The programme will be run over the equivalent of 6 days where there will be 18 core sessions. In addition to attendance at these sessions, participants will be asked to carry out follow-up tasks back in their schools to enable practice transfer to the classroom. It is recommended that each participant has a named mentor back in school who can follow up with a professional learning conversation after each session.
Funded by DfE so participation is free for schools