Challenging topics at GCSE

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What are the strategic goals of the Maths Hub for this project?

To support schools and colleges to address the challenge of teaching the 9-1 GCSE. In particular to explore approaches to teaching a chosen topic that proved challenging in the new GCSE, and also improve department professional development processes for doing this.

Through this we will explore and evaluate at these levels:

  • What approaches work well in the classroom?
  • What approaches work well in supporting department PD
  • What strategies are effective at Work Group level

The aim will be for teachers to:

  • appreciate the importance of looking further back in the locus of teaching rather than ‘fire-fighting’ in KS4.
  • to analyse and unpick teaching issues underpinning some of the challenging topics and gain a deeper understanding of the pre-requirements for teaching them including the importance of pedagogical approaches
  • understand and consider the implications for addressing these issues both in the immediate teaching of pupils demonstrating those difficulties but also the longer-term development of those skills across the curriculum.
  • plan and teach more effective lessons that identify and address pupils’ difficulties in relation to certain challenging topics.
  • consider and implement changes to teaching across KS3 into KS4 so that pupils develop a more secure and deep understanding of those particular challenging topics. 
  • work collaboratively with colleagues both within school and outside to address these issues

Schools chosen to participate in the Work Group will commit to the following expectations:

Participating teachers will attend 4 half day workshops

Tues 11th Dec 2018 1 - 4pm at Hotel ibis Styles Haydock, 4 Piele Rd, Saint Helens WA11 0GR. 

Thurs 17th Jan 2019 1 - 4pm at Hotel ibis Styles Haydock, 4 Piele Rd, Saint Helens WA11 0GR.

Wed 20th Mar 2019 1 - 4pm at Hotel ibis Styles Haydock, 4 Piele Rd, Saint Helens WA11 0GR.

Tues 18th June 2019 1 - 4pm at Hotel ibis Styles Haydock, 4 Piele Rd, Saint Helens WA11 0GR.

  • Teachers will fully engage in all tasks and development activities in between meetings
  • Teachers will contribute experiences, ideas and resources to develop pedagogy around the chosen challenging topic.

The following schools have applied to be involved in the programme: 

Atherton Community School, Winsford Academy, Upholland High School, St Augustines, Wigan and Leigh College, Golborne high.

This workgroup is FREE of Charge