CHALLENGING TOPICS AT GCSE
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An Online Work Group to explore misconceptions and effective pedagogical approaches for each key topic.
Feedback from teachers and GCSE exam analysis indicates there are key areas of the curriculum that students continue to find challenging. This Work Group will explore effective ways of teaching some of these topics, both to address the immediate needs of the incoming KS4 students, but also, crucially, taking a longer-term view by considering development in KS3.
The aim will be to get to grips with all the underpinning content of a topic, exploring misconceptions and effective pedagogical approaches for each element. The approaches also contribute towards the development of a generic process which departments could use as a ‘toolkit’ to lead the improvement of teaching and learning in any identified area of the curriculum students find challenging.
Who is this Work Group for?
Secondary school maths teachers and heads of department. Participants in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Work Groups are welcome to participate again.
What does the project involve?
Two nominated teachers per school attend online workshops. Each Work Group will explore a single GCSE topic in depth. Participation will require attendance at all five workshops spread across the year and include gap tasks. Any work produced will be shared across the hubs, giving access to a range of challenging topics.
How do schools apply to take part?
Schools interested in applying should complete the form below.
This programme is FREE for all participants.
The ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak and knock on effects on schools life remain uncertain. So, all Maths Hubs work will adapt to changing realities. There’s likely to be more live online collaboration, for example. In addition Work Groups content will address both schools recovery from coronavirus related disruption and the central maths subject matter of each project.
The switch to remote teaching in all secondary schools is understandably a huge priority at the moment. As such the launch session has been recorded to enable it to be accessed as an on-demand session. This will help to support colleagues in accessing the work group whilst managing their time and the demands of delivering high quality remote learning to students.