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Teaching the hardest topics in GCSE maths

3/18/2019
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Teaching the hardest topics in GCSE maths Which are the hardest topics in GCSE maths? You will know some by reputation. Some might surprise you. What can you do to make these topics more accessible to students? In particular, how can you unlock a depth of understanding that allows students to use their knowledge flexibly and in unfamiliar situations? The Maths Hub network’s national project, ‘Challenging Topics at GCSE’, addresses these issues, through local collaborative teacher Work...

Duration:00:53:45

Why and how to use the ‘ping-pong’ teaching style

3/6/2019
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The episodic or ‘ping-pong' teaching approach is one of the most striking features of a mastery-style lesson. But what is it exactly and how does it affect decisions when planning lessons? In this podcast, Primary Mastery Specialists Faye Glendinning and Sam Shutkever take us through the gritty detail of episodic lesson planning. They explain the theory and how it is implemented in their schools. Each of them then takes us through the episodes of a recent lesson in detail, explaining each...

Duration:00:49:06

Raising girls' participation in maths

2/13/2019
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After GCSE, 20% fewer girls than boys continue studying maths. This limits their access to some of the more challenging, interesting and lucrative careers. But why? In this podcast episode we speak with Rachel Beddoes, Girls’ Participation Coordinator of the Advanced Maths Support Programme (AMSP). She explains what the barriers are for girls, and what teachers and schools can do to overcome these. She also gives details of events and bespoke support available from the AMSP and other...

Duration:00:34:57

Primary maths teaching in Shanghai: an exchange teacher’s view

1/10/2019
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How does maths teaching in a primary school in Shanghai look and feel to an experienced observing teacher from an English school? A Mastery Specialist from Leicestershire, who was among a group of teachers from Maths Hubs who visited Shanghai during school year 2018/19, gives her impressions. Show notes Taking part in the discussion are: Afshah DeenChris ShoreSteve McCormackEpisode chapters Information on where showcase lessons are being held in late January 2019.

Duration:00:36:31

Secondary maths teaching in Shanghai: two teachers reflect

1/10/2019
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How does maths teaching in a secondary school in Shanghai look and feel to experienced observing teachers from secondary schools in England? Two Mastery Specialist teachers from North West England, who were among a group of teachers from Maths Hubs who visited Shanghai during school year 2018/19, give their impressions. Show notes Taking part in the discussion are: Jayne WattsDave ConnellGwen TresidderEpisode chapters Information on where showcase lessons are being held in late January...

Duration:00:26:23

What are the benefits of being a Primary Mastery Specialist?

12/11/2018
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How do you become a Mastery Specialist? What are the personal and professional benefits? How can you have impact in your own school? And what happens when your skills take you even further? Leanne Casey tells us about her experiences. Show notes Taking part in the discussion are: Leanne Casey, Beth GoodliffThis podcast complements the Mastery Specialist information on the Maths Hubs website. Episode chapters If you are interested in becoming a Mastery Specialist, contact your local...

Duration:00:30:12

How Early Years children develop mathematical thinking

11/23/2018
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How do young children (Reception age and below) develop their early mathematical thinking? How do those teaching them help the children build a platform of understanding? And where does maths fit in to the wider picture of childhood development? Two experts in the field explain. Show notes Taking part in the discussion are: Dr Sue Gifford, Viv Lloyd, Steve McCormackThis podcast complements the information on Early Years maths on the NCETM website. Episode chapters 07:48 -...

Duration:00:37:54

What is it like to be in a Maths Hub Work Group?

10/30/2018
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Two secondary teachers, one a head of department, explain how participating in a Maths Hub Work Group on mathematical thinking both helped their own teaching and sowed seeds of improvement in their departments. Show notes: Taking part in the discussion are: Satveer Bahia@Mathshub_LTCatriona Shearer @CShearer41@CamMathsHubSteve McCormackFor information about all Maths Hubs projects and Work Groups, and to find contacts details for a Maths Hub near you, go to www.mathshubs.org.uk. This...

Duration:00:35:41

GCSE Maths 9-1: How did it perform in its second summer?

9/18/2018
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Representatives from England’s three main exam boards share their thoughts with us on the questions they set, how students (and questions!) performed, what they learned from social media and much more. Show notes: Taking part in the discussion are:

Duration:00:40:29

Core Maths: not just more maths

7/18/2018
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An interview with a teacher who’s taught Core Maths since its launch in 2014, and who now has a national role shaping professional development for the growing numbers of teachers following in his footsteps. Show notes: Taking part in the discussion are: Tom Rainbow, .Steve McCormack Further Mathematics Support Programme websiteAdvanced Mathematics Support Programme websiteAdvanced Maths Premiumyour local Maths Hub

Duration:00:31:10

Maths CPD: what works and why for teachers’ professional development

6/29/2018
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Listen to three secondary maths teachers discuss the best CPD they have taken part in. What really works and why, and how do they think CPD can contribute to career progression? Show notes Taking part in the discussion are: Kathryn Darwin arithmaticksFiona Roberts fn_huskerBen SheedyBeth GoodliffThe Mirfield Free Grammar is an 11-18 non-selective comprehensive school of approximately 1,500 students. Ridgewood School is an 11-18 non-selective comprehensive school of approximately 1,400...

Duration:00:32:45

One primary school’s teaching for mastery journey

6/12/2018
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A discussion with the head of a Birmingham primary school, in an area of educational under-achievement, which, working closely with its local Maths Hub, embraced teaching for mastery in 2016. Show notes: Taking part in the discussion are: Helen Hastilow, Steve McCormack Find out how your school could work on teaching for mastery within the Maths Hubs programme here. The Maths Hub serving Birmingham is Central Maths Hub.

Duration:00:30:11

NCETM Primary Mastery Professional Development Materials

5/25/2018
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A discussion with the two lead editors of the PD materials, to help teachers and schools implement a teaching for mastery approach, being produced by the NCETM and Maths Hubs. Show notes: Taking part in the discussion are: Debbie Morgan, Clare Christie, Jo Creamer, Steve McCormack, The mastery professional development materials at the centre of this discussion can be found here on the NCETM website. Background information about the NCETM’s work in the area of teaching for mastery can be...

Duration:01:03:48

Mastery in Secondary School Maths

5/11/2018
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A discussion with two maths teachers, both heavily involved in the Maths Hubs project that is introducing teaching for mastery to secondary schools. Show notes: Taking part in the discussion are: Frances Carr, Simon Petri Steve McCormack, Find out how the programme has changed the classroom practice of some of Simon’s colleagues here. If you’d like to apply to become a secondary Mastery Specialist, find out how here. Read about other Maths Hubs work in the secondary phase in the NCETM’s...

Duration:00:35:30

Books that help maths teaching

3/1/2018
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A discussion where five teachers describe books—new and old—that have helped in their maths teaching. Show notes: Taking part in the discussion are: Martyn Yeo @martynyeoukBen Gordon @mathsmrgordonCraig Barton mrbartonmathsLaura Tullock mrs_tullockMary Pardoe PardoeMarySteve McCormack stevejmccThe books mentioned (some only fleetingly) in this podcast are: Making Numbers, Rose Griffiths, Jenni Back and Sue Gifford Making Every Lesson Count, Andy Tharby and Shaun Allison How I Wish I’d...

Duration:00:41:28

Continuity in fractions learning between Year 5 and Year 8

2/1/2018
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A discussion around how learning about fractions builds across the four transition years from KS2 to KS3, set in a context of a Maths Hubs national project looking at continuity of maths learning generally from Year 5 to Year 8. Show notes: Taking part in the discussion are: Nicki Ashton, Alison HopperRobert Wilne, Steve McCormack, You can find articles on the same theme as this podcast in two NCETM publications: Robert Wilne wrote about continuity in learning about subtraction in the...

Duration:00:34:07

Shanghai style lesson observation

1/3/2018
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How an English primary teacher had his maths lesson observed while in Shanghai, and how this style of group lesson observation and refinement is becoming (partially) replicated in Maths Hubs work in England. Show notes: Taking part in the discussion are: his accountNorth North West Maths HubIn mid-January, 2018 the second wave of primary teachers from Shanghai arrive in England as part of the ongoing England-China exchange programme. They will spend two weeks teaching maths to primary...

Duration:00:31:31

The new maths GCSE: what the exam board markers found

11/29/2017
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What did the exam boards learn when they marked papers taken by around 600 000 Year 11 students in the summer? And how can this help teachers prepare students for next summer? Show notes: Taking part in the discussion are: See the NCETM’s Qualifications and Curriculum section for regular updates and news in the area of all exams and curriculum area. And this recent edition of the NCETM’s Secondary magazine for an in-depth article on addressing the reasoning and problem-solving demands in...

Duration:00:31:52

Entry requirement for A level maths

11/14/2017
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What GCSE grade should entitle a student to get on an A level maths course? The NCETM Director, Charlie Stripp, is challenged by two secondary maths teachers to defend his assertion that a Grade 5 at GCSE is good enough. Show notes: Taking part in the discussion are: blog on post-16 mathsThe World is Maths@jemmaths@RBeckett_YDThe NCETM Maths podcast is produced by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), which is funded by the Department for Education to...

Duration:00:31:06