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Leading curriculum change for more able learners in KS3 maths
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Leading curriculum change for more able learners in KS3 maths

Support to design and implement a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum in KS3 maths


Date: 26 November 2019

Location: London

This new one-day course has been developed to support current or aspiring heads of department to design and implement a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum in KS3 maths. Delegates will be supported in critically reviewing their school's current provision, and in developing practical ideas for future implementation.

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Led by NACE Associate Rob Lightfoot, this new one-day course offers practical guidance and examples for heads of department seeking to ensure their KS3 maths curriculum offers sufficient challenge for all learners. Delegates will leave with a refreshed understanding of how best to support the most able mathematicians; a suite of strategies, examples and ideas to share with colleagues; and clear next steps for departmental curriculum development and implementation.

This workshop is aimed at:

  • Current heads of department
  • Senior maths teachers and aspiring heads of department

9.00am: coffee and registration

9.30am: Session 1

Outcomes for the day

The mind of a more able mathematician

  • Cognitive Load Theory
  • Expertise Reversal Effect
  • Bjork’s Theory of Disuse and Ebbingham’s Curve
  • Working memory and long-term memory

10.30am: break

10.50am: Session 2

Ensuring sufficient depth at KS3 whilst maintaining coverage of the curriculum

  • Distributed learning and problem solving
  • Goal-free problems
  • Doctor Frost, Don Steward, NRICH

12.30pm: lunch

1.15pm: Session 3

Enriching the more able student in mathematics

  • UKMT challenges
  • Maths Inspiration
  • University links
  • Bletchley Park
  • Reading lists and websites

Reflections and action planning

3.15pm: close

  • Ensure your KS3 maths curriculum is sufficiently challenging
  • Understand the needs of more able mathematicians
  • Strategies to deliver both depth and breadth
  • Practical examples to inform your department’s approach
  • Useful resources and ideas to share with colleagues
  • Approaches to curriculum enrichment for more able mathematicians
  • Identify clear next steps and action points for your department
  • Workshop leaders

    Rob Lightfoot
    , NACE Associate

    Maths teacher and more able coordinator at Challenge Award-accredited Haybridge High School, with experience in leading on curriculum design.

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