New to GCSE Network Meetings

admin   October 19, 2017   Comments Off

As a result of discussions with schools and colleges about the support they would like for the delivery GCSE Maths Resit we have decided to put on termly meetings for teachers that are new to teaching GCSE Maths. This may be that a teacher has previously taught Functional skills or their subject specialism is not maths. We will cover in detail what the student must know, common errors, lesson ideas and how to make lessons ‘different’ for those that are resitting. We will cover some of the topics that are new to foundation and look at new ideas for delivering Resit Programmes.

The first of these meetings will be held at the University of Liverpool, on 29th November 2017, 4pm-6pm, with light refreshments available from 3.30pm.

Please see attached flyer for further details.

To book places at one or more of these meeting, please complete the online booking form below (that is also linked to in the attached flyer):
Dear colleagues,

After the success of the meetings over the last couple of years we will be continuing to offer our Higher-Tier GCSE Network meetings in this area. These are a series of meetings to facilitate a discussion and exchange of ideas and strategies in support of the teaching of GCSE mathematics. They will cover some of the new topics and look at new ideas for other areas.

The first of these meetings will be held at the University of Liverpool, on 29th November 2017, 4pm-6pm, with light refreshments available from 3.30pm.

Subsequent meetings will be held at the same time on 28th February 2018 and 27th June 2018.

If you cannot make the full meeting but would like to attend part of it, this will be fine – please let the presenter Sue Harkness know: sueharkness@furthermaths.org.uk<https://outlook.manchester.ac.uk/owa/UrlBlockedError.aspx>

Each meeting will cover specific topics, listed below, in two groups running concurrently. One teacher cannot cover both groups so we encourage schools to send at least two teachers to each meeting.

To book places at one or more of these meeting, please complete the online booking form below (that is also linked to in the  attached flyer ):
https://goo.gl/forms/3Rt7nRq2Gs2NlxUF2

Best wishes,

Catherine van Saarloos
Post 16 Lead
Maths Hub NW3

NW Maths Hub 3 NQT/RQT Maths Programme 2017/18

admin   October 1, 2017   Comments Off

NW Maths Hub 3- led by The St Helens TSA would like to offer all Secondary Newly and Recently Qualified Maths Teachers the chance to attend the highly successful NQT/RQT Maths Programme.

The programme covers generic planning, organising and engagement tips as well as subject specific pedagogy around number and algebra. It is aimed at NQTs in their 1st year of teaching and in previous years has also proved useful for teachers that are recently qualified, up to 4 years’ experience.

Autumn Term 1: This session will focus on preparing NQT’s for a very busy year with lots of practical tips for planning, organising and managing a smoothly run maths classroom.

Wednesday 3rd October, 2pm – 5:00pm at Byrchall CPD Centre.

Autumn Term 2:  Teaching and Learning session looking at progression, mastery and quality resources for teaching fractions.

Wednesday 15th November, 2pm – 5:00pm at  Rainford High School.

Spring Term 1:  This session will focus on behaviour management in the maths classroom.  Keeping students engaged and motivated with effective use of brain gym and re-focussing activities.

Tuesday 16th January, 2pm – 5:00pm at Byrchall CPD Centre.

Spring Term 2:  Teaching and Learning session looking at progression, mastery and quality resources for teaching algebra.

Wednesday 7th March, 2pm – 5:00pm at Rainford High School.

Summer Term 1: Teaching and Learning session looking at embedding problem solving and ways to develop reasoning skills into every lesson.

Tuesday 8th May, 2pm – 5:00pm at Byrchall CPD Centre.

Summer Term 2: This session will focus on reflecting on the year and top tips for a high impact fresh start for September.

Wednesday 27th June,  2pm – 5:00pm at Rainford High School.

The programme will be delivered by Lindsay Porter. Lindsay is a former Head of Maths, current teacher and GCSE examiner. She now works as the secondary lead for NW3 Maths Hub as well as being a regional maths advocate for AQA facilitating collaboration between maths teachers and subject leaders across the North West. She believes in a practical approach and is passionate about teaching and learning.

Secondary Schools that have signed the alliance partnership agreement with the St Helens TSA will receive 1 free place.

The full programme would usually cost £360.00 (£60 per session) if booked as a programme/block then you will receive it for £260.00

Cost per individual session = £60.00

All sessions can be booked via email directly to: Sarah Makin (TSA Admin) – sarah.makin@three-saints.org.uk or lisa.bradshaw@three-saints.org.uk alternatively contact: 0744646250

Please see flyer attached for further information.

For any further queries about any of the training sessions or if you are interested in becoming an alliance member and qualifying for any future discounts please don’t hesitate in contacting myself.

Kind Regards

Lisa Bradshaw
Director of the St Helens Teaching School Alliance and NW Maths Hub 3
Director of School Improvement- Three Saints Academy Trust

HMI Maths briefing by Jane Jones, HMI Maths lead

admin   September 18, 2017   Comments Off

NW Maths Hub 3 would like to invite all Primary school leaders- Head teachers, senior leaders and maths leads to attend a HMI Maths briefing delivered by Jane Jones HMI Maths lead.

The session will take place on: Tuesday 7th November- 9-12 noon at The World of Glass, Chalon Way E, Saint Helens WA10 1BX.

Focus of the session: The teaching for mastery approach, expectations, how HMI/OFSTED are using this knowledge/approach to inform inspections. Progress and lessons learnt from previous inspections. What is working well in schools based on recent visits?

There will be a non-profit charge of £10 made by St Helens TSA to cover the cost of the venue and refreshments. Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Ofsted give further reassurance to schools using mastery approach to mathematics teaching

Schools adopting mastery approaches to the teaching of maths have received a further reassurance from Ofsted that such an approach is wholly consistent with the new curriculum.

Speaking at a Maths Hubs programme event on mastery teaching in primary schools, Jane Jones HMI, Ofsted’s National Lead for Mathematics, also gave some advice to schools on how to explain their approach to Ofsted inspectors.

The speech came at the end of a day in which schools that have recently hosted teachers from Shanghai outlined how their approaches to teaching maths are already changing to reflect a number of the mastery approaches. For example, the practice of putting children on different tables, with different work, according to perceived ability had been abandoned in favour of keeping the whole class together on the same content for the entirety of the lesson. Depth of understanding is being prioritised, alongside high expectations of every child.

Jane Jones explained that both the new curriculum and the Ofsted handbook stressed that an objective of teaching was to create deeper understanding rather than to accelerate pupils into new content.

In the past, she said, differentiation was often achieved by a teacher preparing different activities or worksheets for different groups of pupils. Now there are other ways, consistent with the new curriculum and a mastery approach, of catering for different attainment levels within a classroom.

These could include giving pupils differing amounts of time using concrete resources to help them grasp concepts, and giving what she called the ‘rapid-graspers’ more challenging questions and problems to work on, and reason about.

She acknowledged that the whole class teaching model—a key feature of teaching for mastery—can sometimes look slower than usual. But she assured her audience that inspectors will not judge teaching and progress based on the speed of getting through content. They will focus on the depth of pupils’ learning – the impact of the teaching.

She ended her address with an impassioned plea for teachers attracted by the mastery approach to ‘go for it’ in the best interests of their pupils.

This will be a popular event so please book early to avoid disappointment. To reserve a place email- sarah.makin@three-saints.org.uk

Pen Portrait-

Jane Jones has been an HMI since 2002. She inspects primary and secondary schools/academies, including those causing concern, and initial teacher education. As National Adviser for mathematics, she leads Ofsted’s work in mathematics, which includes an annual programme of survey visits, dissemination of findings, and provision of advice to the Chief Inspector, Ministers, the Department for Education and other stakeholders. Jane holds a Master’s degree in mathematics and qualified teacher status. She led and taught mathematics in four varied 11-18 secondary schools. She has experience of higher, primary and pre-school education and was a principal examiner for GCSE mathematics and a Qualifications and Curriculum Authority consultant/scrutineer.

Supporting GCSE Maths Resits

admin   September 12, 2017   Comments Off

GCSE Maths Resits: Discover students’ voices and collaborate on how best to support them

Maths Hub NW3 is delighted to welcome Maths teachers and leaders, vocational tutors and leaders and anyone from SLT to a network meeting to discuss the issue of forced GCSE Maths Resits at the City of Liverpool College, Clarence Street, on Monday 2nd October from 4-5.30pm (refreshments will be available from 3.30pm).

Anna Bellamy (Sheffield Hallam University) will present findings from her PhD which will include personal mathematical histories and the effects that forced GCSE resits have had on the students and their lives.

We will then have the opportunity to collaborate with other schools and colleges and share good practice in supporting these students as best we can through the process. In particular, we would like to encourage maths specialists to work more closely with vocational tutors and teachers of other subjects.

If you would like to attend then please complete the form via the link below:

https://goo.gl/forms/iOSe4WCDOJlzW0332

We would be very grateful if you could share this with any colleagues who may be interested.

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Catherine van Saarloos: Catherine.VanSaarloos@liv-coll.ac.uk

Level 3 Lead Maths Hub NW3
City of Liverpool College

Primary Maths Training Sessions

admin   September 7, 2017   Comments Off

NW Maths Hub 3 are offering the following primary training sessions starting in September 2017:

  • Introduction to the ‘Mathematical Toolkit’ developed by Tara Loughran, Maths Consultant- This is for teachers that are new to the year group or new to the Mathematical Toolkit. The session will introduce and support teachers in planning for depth through small steps ensuring coherence and progression in skills. Staff will receive 1 complete unit of work that can be taught in the autumn term.

KS1- Tuesday 12th September- 9-3pm
LKS2- Wednesday 13th September- 9-3pm
UKS2- Friday 15th  September- 9-3pm

  • Catering for Higher attaining pupils (rapid graspers) in a mastery context. The Session will focus on ways to extend mathematics thinking beyond the mathematical toolkit so that children are generalising, reasoning, proving, hypothesising and predicting. Practitioners will explore how to show progress for higher attainers to ensure challenge is evident.

KS1- Tuesday 26th September- 9-3pm
LKS2- Wednesday 27th September- 9-3pm
UKS2- Thursday 28th September- 9-3pm

  • Teaching Assistant Training Programme- supporting mathematical provision. The Project will: Build the subject knowledge and pedagogy that promotes effective learning in mathematics,  support all children in their ability to reason mathematically and become independent learners, establish the role of the Teaching Assistant within a mastery maths curriculum and empower Teaching Assistants to be proactive in supporting mathematical learning. This project will run over 4 sessions. The first session will take place on: Wednesday 20th September, 9.00am to 3.00pm.
  • Active Maths- FREE of charge. Tuesday 19th September, 1-4pm at The World of Glass.

For further information regarding the training above please see these flyers:

bar modelling training autumn 2017-18 offer
Differentation in a mastery context 2017
Excellent Maths Teacher flyer 2017-18
Maths CPD 2017-18 autumn
Maths of the Day Workshop Maths flyer
Maths SL Network Primary 2017-18
St Helens TSA Mike Askew
TA Training Programme Outline

Autumn term offers are also available- please see flyers above for further details- these include:

  • Primary Maths Conference- Mike Askew key note
  • Excellent Maths Teacher Programme
  • Assessment and mathematical moderations
  • EYFS- maths through story
  • Differentiation in a mastery context
  • Bar modelling
  • Subject leader network- termly focus

To reserve a place on any of the training please contact: Sarah Makin, Maths Hub Administrator- sarah.makin@three-saints.org.uk

Free professional development for teachers of the NEW A level Maths specifications

admin   September 6, 2017   Comments Off

NW Maths Hub 3 would like to offer ‘Free professional development for mathematics teachers of the NEW A level Mathematics specifications’.

MEI Underground Mathematics: Resources to address the requirements of the new A level training events will run on: Thursday 30th November, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

Please see flyer attached for further information.

To reserve a place please complete the online application form- http://mei.org.uk/underground-mathematics

Please feel free to share with your networks.

If you are interested in getting involved in the NW Maths Hub 3 Post 16 WG networks etc.. Please contact:  Catherine VanSaarloos- Catherine.VanSaarloos@liv-coll.ac.uk (NW Maths Hub 3 Post 16 Lead).

Secondary Maths opportunities for 2017-18

admin   September 6, 2017   Comments Off

As a result of fantastic feedback from the 2016-17 NW Maths Hub 3 are offering the following Secondary Maths opportunities for 2017-18. Please see attachments for further details.

  • Maths NQT programme
  • Maths HOD meetings (locations include: Wigan, St Helens and Wirral- please feel free to attend any)
  • Secondary CPD network
  • Secondary Maths TSST Programme

Target audience: KS3-5 NQTs/teachers, Secondary Maths HOD and educators from across the NW region.

Additional Secondary Maths opportunities are being explored and developed and will be available in the autumn term. Further details to follow in the next few weeks…

Please feel free to share with your networks.

Mathematics_Teacher_Subject_Specialism_Flyer_STH_040416 (1)

Secondary CPD Sessions 2016-17 v3

Secondary Maths HOD 2017-18

Secondary NQT Maths flyer 2017-18

secondary NQT maths programme invite 2017-18

All sessions can be booked via email directly to: Sarah Makin (TSA Admin) – sarah.makin@three-saints.org.uk

For any further queries about any of the training sessions or if you are interested in becoming an alliance member and qualifying for any future discounts please don’t hesitate in contacting myself or Lindsay Porter, Secondary Maths Hub Lead- lindsayporter44@yahoo.co.uk

Differentiation in a Mastery Context

admin   July 20, 2017   Comments Off

Course Outcomes:

  • To support teachers to differentiate effectively within a mastery mathematics curriculum
  • To identify the big mathematical ideas that underpin learning of key concepts
  • How equipment and images can be used to build conceptual understanding
  • To give children opportunities to work at greater depth within year group expectations

Training will take place on:

Differentiation Within a Mastery Curriculum: Upper KS2- Thursday 2nd November 2017, 9.00-3.30pm, Venue: TBC

Differentiation Within a Mastery Curriculum: Lower KS2- Tuesday 21st November 2017, 9.00-3.30pm, Venue: TBC

Differentiation Within a Mastery Curriculum: KS1- Tuesday30th January 2018, 9.00-12.00 noon, Venue: TBC

See attached for further details.

To book a place please contact- Sarah Makin: sarah.makin@three-saints.org.uk

For further information please don’t hesitate in contacting me.       

Kind regards,

Lisa Bradshaw

Director of the St Helens TSA and National Maths Hub NW3

Director of School Improvement at Three Saints Academy Trust

07446463250

Secondary Maths CPD Network

admin   July 20, 2017   Comments Off

As a result of fantastic feedback from the 2016-17 Secondary Maths CPD Network; NW3 Maths Hub is pleased to offer an academic year of Teaching and Learning CPD sessions for your whole department throughout 2017-18.

This year we have guest speakers that include: Steve Lomax, Mel Muldowney, Ems Lloyd, Andrew Jeffrey, Craig Barton, Will Emeny and many more…Please see the offer attached for exact foci of all sessions.

These sessions will take place at Rainford High Technology College, St Helens and St John Bosco, Knowsley between 4 and 6pm- see individual sessions for exact venues. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided on arrival.

Target audience: KS3-5 teachers, Secondary Maths HOD and educators from across the NW region.

The cost of the entire programme is: £250 per maths department. This includes: key note delivery including materials and refreshments for the whole of your maths department for the full package.

Please feel free to share with your networks.

All sessions can be booked via email directly to: Sarah Makin (TSA Admin) – sarah.makin@three-saints.org.uk

For any further queries about any of the training sessions or if you are interested in becoming an alliance member and qualifying for any future discounts please don’t hesitate in contacting myself or Lindsay Porter, Secondary Maths Hub Lead- lindsayporter44@yahoo.co.uk

Secondary Maths CPD Network led by NW Maths Hub 3

admin   June 14, 2017   Comments Off

Please see below details of the final session of the Secondary Maths CPD Network led by NW Maths Hub 3.

This session will take place on: Monday 3rd July 2017, 4-6pm at Rainford High, St Helens.

The focus for this session is:

Primary Maths Mastery

KS2 Raised Expectations- National Curriculum/POS

Transitional support and guidance

Preparing for Y7

Target audience: Secondary Maths HOD, KS3 practitioners and transition coordinators

Tara Loughran will deliver this session – Tara has extensive experience in schools for leading improvement and change in mathematics. She has provided high quality training for the St Helens TSA since becoming at teaching school in 2013; she has inspired lots of teachers and support staff to take her ideas back to the classroom with significant impact. Tara represents NW Maths Hub 3 across the North West.

To book a place please contact- Sarah Makin – sarah.makin@three-saints.org.uk

Thank you for your attendance at this network during 2016-17, we are in the process of creating another exciting programme for 2017-18. This will be ready to share at the final session and circulated during the coming weeks.

Have a great final few weeks. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting and working with your schools next year.