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Challenging the more able learner in maths at KS3 and 4
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Challenging the more able learner in maths at KS3 and 4

One-day course for secondary maths teachers


Date: 4 February 2020

Location: Horticulture House, Oxfordshire OX11 0RN

This new one-day course is designed to give secondary maths teachers practical ways to create and maintain a learning environment of high challenge and high aspiration throughout KS3 and KS4. Delegates will explore research-informed approaches to identify and meet the needs of more able mathematicians, including activities to promote deep mathematical thinking and problem-solving, curriculum extension, and effective monitoring and evaluation of provision for this group.

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Led by NACE Associate Rob Lightfoot, this new one-day course offers practical guidance and examples for secondary maths practitioners seeking to improve provision for more able learners at KS3 and KS4. Delegates will gain a range of practical approaches to inform their own practice, and to support department-wide development.

This workshop is aimed at:

  • Heads of department
  • Secondary maths teachers

9.00am: coffee and registration

9.30am: Session 1

Outcomes for the day

Identifying and understanding the needs of more able mathematician

  • How do you identify highly able mathematicians?
  • Recognising their needs and abilities
  • Access to and mastery of broad and balanced learning opportunities
  • Planning for their mathematical future

10.30am: break

10.50am: Session 2

Extending the curriculum

  • Problems requiring deep mathematical thinking
  • Challenging questions on ‘easy’ topics
  • Don Steward, Dr Frost, NRICH
  • UKMT challenges

12.30pm: lunch

1.15pm: Session 3

Improving your school’s provision for more able mathematicians

  • Review current provision at both KS3 and KS4
  • Include challenge for your more and most able mathematicians
  • Look to the future at KS5 and beyond
  • How can you judge the impact of your provision?

Reflections and action planning

3.15pm: close

  • Be able to identify more able mathematicians and understand their needs
  • Strategies to challenge more able mathematicians within and beyond the classroom
  • Consider problems which require deep mathematical thinking
  • Understand how to lead improvement in your school’s provision for more able mathematicians
  • Useful resources and ideas to share with colleagues
  • 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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