Developing A Level Pedagogy Work Group

This project provides national support for the effective development of pedagogy in the teaching of A level Mathematics to support Covid recovery, to enhance the quality of teaching and the conceptual understanding of students, and the development of participants as leaders of A level teaching professional development in their own school or college. It aims to develop and sustain local communities of practice involving collaboration between teachers in developing pedagogy in their teaching of A level Maths.

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

What is involved?

This Work Group will involve six online twilight sessions and will be designed to meet the specific needs of the range of experience of participants. Lead participants will be expected, where appropriate, to work with colleagues in their own department and there will be an opportunity to share best practice delivering on-line or blended/hybrid lessons.

Who can apply?

The project is aimed at teachers in schools/colleges/departments that want to develop one or more aspects of their A level pedagogy to support Covid recovery. It would be suitable for existing leaders of A level teaching or experienced teachers of A level Maths who wish to lead the development of pedagogy in A level teaching with other colleagues in their own or other schools.

Teachers who will find this Work Group particularly useful include those who may have already completed other A level subject knowledge and pedagogy courses (such as Teaching A level Mathematics (TAM) or Preparing to Teach A level Mathematics), and who are able to work with other colleagues in their own or other schools.

Benefits

Participants and their departments will:

  • be better able to prepare lessons that meet the requirements of the A level (including the overarching themes and the use of technology) and support Covid recovery
  • support colleagues in their own school/college in embedding themes from the Work Group
  • be confident to teach aspects of the content (particularly mechanics and statistics)
  • understand related pedagogical approaches to support Covid recovery.

The wider context

There is a range of currently available maths teacher professional development around subject knowledge and pedagogy for new teachers of A level Maths via the AMSP, but no extended professional development for experienced teachers or leaders of A level Maths teaching around the overarching themes, technology or other aspects of pedagogy of the A level Maths specification. There is a strong focus on pedagogy through the overarching themes of the linear A level Maths specification, with changes to pedagogy in statistics teaching, assessment and expectations in the use of technology.

The impact of the pandemic from March 2020 to date in terms of school closures and variable access to remote teaching requires a strong focus on high quality teaching in the Covid recovery period.

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.

Who is leading the Work Group?

Steven Luckcuck – EMS Maths Hub Level 3 Lead, NCETM Accredited PD Lead

When and Where?

  • Wednesday 1st December 2021 – Face-to-Face – 1.30pm to 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 26th January 2022 – Online – 4.00pm to 5.30pm
  • Wednesday 23rd March 2022 – Face-to-Face – 1.30pm to 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 4th May 2022 – Face-to-Face – 1.30pm to 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 15th June 2022 – Online – 4.00pm to 5.30pm

Interested?

To apply please complete the application form