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Accredited NCETM School Development Lead Programme

Dates: To be confirmed for 2021-22. Venue tbc.


This project aims to support mathematics leads whose role is to lead change in a school or group of schools other than their own; refining their approaches to maths school development work including drawing on the expertise of, and aligning more with approaches used in, the Maths Hubs Programme. It will provide a regional support programme for participants through a series of workshops (face-to-face and online), practice development activities, and an online community. The face-to-face workshops will run regionally across England.

Participants undertake to plan, lead and evaluate a school development initiative for a school or group of schools during the course of the three-day programme and to record their planning, evaluation and reflection in an Accreditation Evidence Document.

Successful completion of the programme and satisfactory completion of all tasks and related paperwork will result in the participant being accredited as an NCETM Accredited School Development Lead.

Who will be leading the group?

Each regional programme cohort will be led by one of the NCETM team members and/or an experienced Cohort Lead. They will be experienced in leading maths school development in a setting other than their own. The Cohort Leads will draw upon other expertise within the NCETM and among Maths Hubs to support elements of the workshops, as required.

Who is it for?

The programme is for colleagues leading change in a school or group of schools other than their own, and will benefit those who have previous experience of developing leadership capacity in schools/groups of schools or who are new to the role. Participants will be expected to commit to the full programme of activities and will need the support of the headteacher of their own school and/or their MAT. It is also expected that participants will be leading a maths school development initiative during the year of the programme.

What are the intended outcomes?

Pupil outcomes

Participants will:

  • ensure that their maths school development initiative supports participant schools to focus effectively on improved outcomes for pupils.

Whole school/departmental policies and approaches

Participants will:

  • support schools, groups of schools or MATs to establish sustainable cross-school approaches to collaboration and development for maths teaching
  • start to use collaborative Work Group models as one of their school development strategies.

Practice development

Participants will:

  • incorporate new processes and models into their school development practice
  • evaluate and review the effectiveness of specific maths school development models.

Professional learning

Participants will further develop their:

  • skills in driving improvement in maths, including developing the capacity of school leadership of maths
  • knowledge and understanding of the challenges and barriers to school development in maths and how to tackle them
  • knowledge and understanding of effective teaching of maths including Teaching for Mastery.

What will it involve?

Participants will:

  • support schools, groups of schools or MATs to establish sustainable cross-school approaches to collaboration and development for maths teaching
  • start to use collaborative Work Group models as one of their school development strategies
  • incorporate new processes and models into their school development practice
  • evaluate and review the effectiveness of specific maths school development models.

Professional learning

Participants will further develop their:

  • skills in driving improvement in maths, including developing the capacity of school leadership of maths
  • knowledge and understanding of the challenges and barriers to school development in maths and how to tackle them
  • knowledge and understanding of effective teaching of maths including teaching for mastery.

The programme is targeted at colleagues leading maths school development in a setting other than their own.

There will be a single programme model drawing on elements from the Maths SLE School Improvement Support Programme, refined over three years, but also introducing new elements. The programme will have the following elements:

  • Three one-day regional workshops delivered using a blend of synchronous and asynchronous approaches with a cohort of Mathematics School Development Leads, which would explore both school development implementation processes (such as Work Group model) and pedagogical interventions (such as TfM)
  • online community animated by Cohort Leads
  • Mathematics School Development Leads carrying out and evaluating their own maths school development initiatives, both in and between sessions. The Accreditation Evidence Documentation will be used to capture this.

The programme will be delivered in regional locations across England.

What is the cost?

Free. 

Participants' schools receive a unit delivery grant of £800 to cover four days of release time (4 x £200).


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