Mathematical thinking for the GCSE



This Work Group offers teachers and their departments nationally coordinated support to address the reasoning and problem-solving challenges of the mathematics curriculum and its assessment in the new GCSE.  Many departments will be considering not only the long-term development of these skills across KS3 and into KS4, but also the immediate needs of current KS4 pupils facing the challenges of the new GCSE.

This Work Group aims to support both these aspects through professional development activities focusing on practical and accessible classroom-based approaches. 

Participation also offers the opportunity to develop departmental professional development processes and produce longer-term improvement plans.


Who is this for? All secondary schools wishing to begin or continue a programme of professional development to address the teaching and learning implications of the new curriculum and GCSE. Ideally, each school will send two members of department (at least one of whom is experienced and has some leadership responsibility) to maximise the impact of the professional development within the department.

What is involved? 4 x half day workshops focused on developing reasoning and problem-solving skills in all lessons 

Gap tasks between the workshops will include Lesson Study, allowing wider department participation in the professional development. There will be an evaluation process focusing on the impact of activities on pupils and the wider department. 

Recruitment rounds for this project will be opened in September 2018. We would particularly welcome applicants from Halton, Wirral, Liverpool Cheshire.

Mathematical Thinking for GCSE Flyer 201819.pdf

Mathematical Thinking for GCSE - Information and EOI.DOCX

The following schools applied to be involved in the programme: 

Birkenhead High School, Pensby High School, The Sutton Academy, Chesterfield High School, Bebington High School and Claremount school.


This programme is free of charge