Primary focus for 21/22: A level pedagogy to support Covid recovery
This NCP provides national support for the effective development of pedagogy in the teaching of A level Mathematics to support Covid recovery, to enhance the quality of teaching and the conceptual understanding of students, and the development of participants as leaders of A level teaching professional development in their own school or college.
This project provides support for developing the quality of teaching in response to the demands of the new specifications for A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Run in partnership with the AMSP, Work Groups in this project aim to develop knowledge of content and requirements of the new A levels and understand the purpose of the overarching themes.
There is a range of currently available maths teacher professional development around subject knowledge and pedagogy for new teachers of A level Maths via the AMSP, but no extended professional development for experienced teachers or leaders of A level Maths teaching around the overarching themes, technology or other aspects of pedagogy of the new A level Maths specification. There is a strong focus on pedagogy through the overarching themes of the new linear A level Maths specification, with changes to pedagogy in statistics teaching, assessment and expectations in the use of technology.
The impact of the pandemic from March 2020 to date in terms of school closures and variable access to remote teaching requires a strong focus on high quality teaching in the Covid recovery period.
Martin Withington and Gayle Scot
Martin has taught A level Maths and Further Maths and is an Associate for the Advanced Maths Support Programme (AMSP). He has extensive experience in using IT both in the classroom and for resource preparation. Martin also supports the professional development of teachers as a popular workshop lead at conferences.
Gayle is a Level 3 NCETM Accredited PD Lead. She has taught A level Maths and A level Further Maths for over 20 years and is an experienced subject mentor for ITT maths trainees.
The target group of schools/colleges/departments are those which want to develop one or more aspects of their A level pedagogy.
The target group of lead participants in this NCP are existing leaders of A level teaching or experienced teachers of A level Mathematics who wish to lead the development of pedagogy in A level teaching with other colleagues in their own or other schools. This Work Group will also be valuable for teachers who have limited experience of teaching A Level Mathematics and even to those who have not yet done so. An openness to new ideas and a willingness to share them with colleagues are probably the two most important prerequisites for participation.
Participants will know the content and requirements of the linear A-Level Mathematics and understand the purpose of the over-arching themes and their impact on teaching and learning in A Level Mathematics. There will be a strong emphasis on integrating the use of technology into everyday teaching.
Whole school/departmental policies and approaches
Participants will plan sequences of lessons which meet the requirements of the linear A Level, including addressing the overarching themes and use of technology. They will also support colleagues in their own school / colleges in embedding themes from the Work Group in their delivery of the linear A Level.
Four afternoons 1.15pm-4pm.