Secondary

Our Secondary school projects range from very specific Work Groups that are focused upon particular issues (such as mathematical thinking) to our much broader Teaching for Mastery programmes that involve schools moving through three phases – mastery development, embedding and sustaining.

For further reading about our approach to Teaching for Mastery, please see this NCETM link – The Essence of Mathematics Teaching for Mastery | NCETM

Fully Booked - Developing A Level Pedagogy

Develop improved teaching approaches for A level Mathematics

Who can take part?

Participants should be existing leaders of A level teaching or experienced teachers of A level Mathematics who wish to lead the development of pedagogy with other colleagues in their own or other schools.

This project would be particularly useful to those who may have already completed other (AMSP) A level courses such as Teaching A level Mathematics (TAM) or Preparing to Teach A level Mathematics.

What is involved?

These Work Groups support experienced A level teachers to not only further develop their expertise but provide a model to support departmental change. The content of individual Work Groups will be flexible to meet the needs of participants, but will be broadly linked to the Overarching Themes of the A level qualification: problem solving and mathematical thinking; mathematical modelling and representations; proof, reasoning and mathematical communication.

The project involves a direct working partnership between the Maths Hubs Network and the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP).

What is the cost?

The Developing A Level Pedagogy project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme and the AMSP so is free to participating schools/colleges.

How to Apply?

This Work Group is now fully booked for 2023/24.

Now Recruiting (for September 23) - Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Secondary Early Career Teachers

Develop mathematical subject knowledge and understand the pedagogy that underpins the teaching of it

Who can take part?

Phase 1 Communities in this project are for those identified as Early Career Teachers – teachers in their first or second year of teaching. Phase 2 Communities are for those in the early part of their careers. They will have engaged with Phase 1 before engaging with this phase.

What is involved?

Two maths-specific subject knowledge projects are available to support secondary Early Career Teachers (ECTs) – one is for ECTs who have not yet participated in this project and one is for those who participated in 2021/22. Both projects offer high-quality subject knowledge and pedagogy maths support for ECTs, recognising the requirements of the ECF.

The communities formed as part of the project provide an opportunity for participants’ conversation to remain focused on the teaching of maths, with teachers at a similar stage of their career.

What is the cost?

The SKTM Secondary Early Career Teachers Programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

How to Apply?

Please fill in this Google Form to apply for Phase (Year) 1NCP23-29a Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (Secondary ECT – Phase 1) Communities – Google Forms

Please fill in this Google Form to apply for Phase (Year) 2NCP23-29b Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (Secondary ECT – Phase 2) Communities – Google Forms

Now Recruiting (for September 23) - Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (Secondary Teaching Assistants) Programmes

Develop mathematical subject knowledge and understand the pedagogy that underpins the teaching of it

Who can take part?

This programme will be relevant for teaching assistants who work for most of their time with students in the KS3 maths classroom or who lead intervention sessions with groups of students. The participants’ schools should already be engaged with a Teaching for Mastery Work Group, and this programme will complement this provision.

What is involved?
The programmes will be run over the equivalent of 4 days and the participants must commit to attending all sessions. Participants will develop their specialist knowledge with a focus on using precise mathematical language, representations, and reasoning within each of the topics: addition and subtraction; multiplication and division; ratio; and fractions. In addition to attendance at these sessions, participants will be asked to carry out follow-up tasks in their schools to enable practice transfer to the classroom.

What is the cost?

The SKTM Secondary Non-specialist Teachers Programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

How to Apply?

Please fill in this Google Form to apply – NCP23-32: Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics (Secondary Teaching Assistants) Programmes – Google Forms

Now Recruiting (for September 23) - Secondary Teaching for Mastery Sustaining Work Groups

Who can take part? 

Secondary Teaching for Mastery Sustaining Work Groups are for all departments that have previously participated in Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups and all Cohort 1-6 Mastery Specialist Departments. The two lead participants continue to be Advocates who have participated in a Development Work Group and key teachers from a Mastery Specialist’s department, but particular Work Group sessions may sometimes be joined by other colleagues from their departments.

What is Involved?
At least one of the Advocates from each school should be an experienced teacher with substantial responsibility within the department and the authority to make change happen. All Advocates should have a passion for developing teaching and an enthusiasm to work with their departmental colleagues to instigate change. Mastery Advocates need the full support of the head of department and headteacher, and mechanisms must be in place to enable department-wide development and change to happen. Schools should appreciate that they have joined a long-term programme and development will be a gradual process.

What is the cost?

The Secondary Teaching for Mastery Sustaining Work Groups are fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

How to Apply?

Please fill in this Google Form to apply-NCP23-14 Secondary Teaching for Mastery Sustaining Work Groups – Google Forms

FULLY BOOKED -Secondary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups

Introduce teaching for mastery across your department

Who can take part?

Whether you want to take a teaching for mastery approach in your own classroom and department, or introduce mastery in both your own school and beyond, we have a CPD opportunity for you.

What is involved?

Secondary maths teachers whose schools want to introduce teaching for mastery can nominate two teachers (‘Mastery Advocates’) to join a Work Group. Mastery Advocates then form part of a locally-based group of teachers who meet regularly to develop professional knowledge and expertise, and receive bespoke support.

In a Teaching for Mastery Work Group, teachers collaborate with colleagues from local schools, and get support and guidance from a Local Leader of Maths Education (LLME). Participants also take away ideas to help students become more confident mathematicians, ready to tackle GCSEs and A levels, and begin to introduce and embed teaching for mastery.

Mastery Advocates

The fully funded programme enables you and another teacher from your school to become ‘Mastery Advocates’. Initially you will be part of a Work Group for a year. You will also get in-school support from a Mastery Specialist. Beyond the first year, you will continue to work with your local Maths Hub and take part in a Work Group as you embed mastery across your department.

This programme is for state-funded secondary schools in England. Mastery Advocates should be teachers with the commitment, experience and authority to lead developmental work across a maths department. The support of the Head of Maths, and the headteacher or a member of SLT, is also essential.

What is the cost?

The Secondary Teaching for Mastery – Development project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

How to Apply?

This Work Group is now fully booked for 2023/24.

FULLY BOOKED - Secondary Teaching for Mastery Embedding Year Support

For departments embedding their work on teaching for mastery

Who can take part?

Participation is for maths departments in schools that took part in a Secondary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Group in 2022/23. Lead participants will ideally be the Mastery Advocates who participated in 2022/23 Work Groups.

What is involved?

Secondary Teaching for Mastery Embedding Year Support is available for those departments who participated in the previous year’s Secondary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Group, and who are beginning to embed their work on teaching for mastery. Mastery Advocates (designated previously in the Development Work Group) will work closely with an assigned Mastery Specialist to help them embed teaching for mastery approaches across the whole department. Specialists will provide three days of bespoke support tailored to each school.

The focus will be on constructing or refining a coherent development plan and supporting and leading the whole department in realising the aims of that development plan. The school will also be part of a Secondary Teaching for Mastery Embedding and Sustaining Work Group with other schools.

What is the cost?

The Secondary Teaching for Mastery – Embedding Year Support project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

How to Apply?

This Work Group is now fully booked for 2023/24.

Now Recruiting (for September 23) Secondary Maths Subject Leaders Community

Professional development designed specifically for secondary heads of maths

Who can take part? 

This project is designed for existing secondary heads of department/subject leaders. The project is open to heads of department in schools already involved with Maths Hubs, and to those whose schools are not yet involved. Prospective heads of department/subject leaders are not eligible to join this project.

What is Involved?

Participants and their schools are expected to commit to four days (or equivalent) of work. This will include hub-based meetings and workshops (which may be a mix of face-to-face and online), school-based tasks, and participation in online community. It is expected that activity associated with this project is sustained over the school year, across two terms at least. Participants should have several opportunities to meet, with school-based tasks to engage with between meetings. It is important to note that the success of this project will depend upon participants’ active engagement with departmental school-based tasks.

Much of the work will involve each individual department working on elements of their action plan and developing collaborative ways of working which support their continuing professional development. In addition, it will be important for all participants to benefit from the expertise and experiences of the group of departments represented. The focus will be on subject leaders supporting each other through the sharing of strategies and practice within the context of a vibrant professional learning community.

What is the cost?

The Secondary Subject Leadership Community is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

How to Apply?

Please fill in this Google Form to apply- NCP23-15 Secondary Maths Subject Leaders Community – Google Forms

Fully Booked - Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Secondary Non-Specialist Teachers Programme

This project is designed to support non-specialist teachers teaching maths in a secondary school in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support students in maths in the classroom. It replaces the earlier TSST programme.

Who can take part?

This programme is for non-specialist teachers of maths in state-funded schools who fit the following definition:

“A non-specialist teacher of mathematics is a teacher in a state-funded school or college that is currently teaching some mathematics or has commitment from a headteacher/executive head to teach some mathematics within the next year, who has not undertaken Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in mathematics.”

If there is sufficient space in the cohort, other teachers of maths who do not fit this definition but would benefit from this support may also participate.

What is involved?

The programme is aligned to the NCETM teaching for mastery pedagogy and is based on six key themes:

  • Structure of the number system
  • Operating on number
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Sequences and graphs
  • Statistics and probability
  • Geometry.

Participants will explore these themes, supported by an experienced secondary practitioner.

What is the cost?

The SKTM Secondary Non-specialist Teachers Programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

How to apply 

This Work Group is now fully booked for 2023/24.