This project focuses on participant teachers working together to analyse, deconstruct and trace through the curriculum a selected key topic area, developing insight into effective teaching approaches, and considering the implications for longer term curriculum design for coherence.
Feedback from teachers, along with GCSE exam analysis, indicates there are key areas of the curriculum that students find challenging. While teachers will need to address students’ short term conceptual difficulties with regard to such topics, there is also the recognition that these issues are often rooted in earlier learning, and this forms a key focus for these Work Groups.
These Work Groups address strategic goals relevant to secondary schools, specifically: supporting schools to address the challenges of teaching GCSE Mathematics so that all pupils develop deep knowledge, understanding and confidence, and are well prepared for progression to post-16 education.
Vanessa is an experienced NCETM Accredited PD Lead and had led the Challenging Topics Work Group over the past four years.
A teacher or teachers from a department participate, with an expectation that they will work with other members of their department at appropriate points. This approach helps cultivate a collaborative culture.
Departmental policies and approaches
Local Work Group design will follow a workshop – school-based work cycle, consisting of several workshops followed in each case by specific school-based work. Workshops will provide opportunities for teachers to identify and analyse a key topic area, to work collaboratively to develop pedagogical approaches to it, and to evaluate and discuss after teaching.