Who is this work group aimed at?
The Central Maths Hub is looking to identify up to 12 schools to be involved in this work group.
This is a Work Group that is suitable for both primary and secondary colleagues at all stages of their professional education. Outcomes from the Work Group will be shared with colleagues within and beyond the hub region.
What are the key themes of the work group?
Self-efficacy is a concept developed by the Stanford psychologist Albert Bandura. It is the forward-oriented belief that a person has in their ability to be successful in a context. Teacher self-efficacy refers to a teacher's belief that their teaching will result in the progress of all learners; that the more confident and motivated a teacher is, the more likely the children taught by that teacher will do well.
Research has shown strong links between teacher self-efficacy and student attainment. The link is stronger than any other variable; stronger than subject knowledge and pedagogic knowledge. In fact the strongest link is between teacher self-efficacy and student self-efficacy.
Steve Watson (University of Cambridge) is working with schools to develop teacher self-efficacy and in conjunction with The Central Maths Hub a work group was designed to explore this area further. The key aim of the Work Group is to foster and develop teacher and student self-efficacy through:
Expert input in the first session from Dr Steve Watson and Ems Lord (Director of NRICH) set the scene for the subsequent Teacher Learning Community sessions led by Jane Moreton (University of Worcester).
What is actually involved?
Involvement in this work group consists of several elements:
Evaluations from our 2015-16 Work Group participants:
“There has been a big growth in confidence from all students, but particularly my previously low achieving children and my pupil premium children.”
“The pupils’ attitude towards mathematics has certainly changed for the better. All children are enthusiastic, and are confident in the use of the concrete manipulatives available. It is evident that the children involved in the program show increased confidence in main class sessions and are willing to participate fully.”
“The input from experts during the first meeting was really thought provoking, but the onus being on me to do research, make changes to practice, reflect on practice and report back to the group made it an effective work group for me. It motivated me to do something as a result of the knowledge I had gained.”
“This was one of the best bits of CPD I have had for a long time, thank you.”
Session One: 16th Jan 2017 (9am-4pm)
Session Two: 7th Mar 2017 (4pm-6pm)
Session Three: 27th Apr 2017 (4pm-6pm)
Session Four: 4th July 2017 (12:15pm-5pm)
There is a bursary available of £400 to participating schools
Training and Development Centre
Bishop Challoner Catholic College