COVID-19 Coronavirus – A Statement from CODE Maths Hub
We are looking forward to continuing our work in 2020/21. The usual mix of FREE projects and work groups will be advertised soon, all with the objective of helping pupils develop solid and sustainable understanding of the maths they meet in lessons. However, this year, given the ongoing uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, our work will, in part, address the challenge that schools face in recovering from the outbreak. There will also be be flexible ways for teachers to collaborate, taking into account the unique in-school demands likely to last well into the new school year.
Below, you can download our Offer and you can also still access our Lockdown Resources and Early Years Guidance.
Welcome to CODE Maths Hub, led by Truro and Penwith College, Cornwall, part of the national network of Maths Hubs that work together in the national Maths Hub Programme. We cover the geographical area of Cornwall and parts of West Devon, including Plymouth, South Hams, Torbay and Teignbridge. Among our key, strategic partners are the following – the Cornwall Teaching School, Torbay Teaching School Alliance, the North Devon Teaching School Alliance, Marjon and Plymouth Universities and the Advanced Maths Support Programme (AMSP).
We take forward activities that aim to:
- INSPIRE – a love of mathematics in our children, young people and teachers alike.
- DEVELOP – support teachers and leaders throughout Cornwall and West Devon by providing access to continuing professional development (CPD), resources and research.
- EXPLORE – look closely at developing mastery pedagogy in primary, secondary and post 16 settings.
- COLLABORATE – work closely with other Maths Hubs throughout the national programme and in particular with our fellow South West hubs: Jurassic Maths Hub, Boolean Maths Hub and GLOW Maths Hub
Entering into the Maths Hub mastery project, I have to admit that my knowledge of the mastery concept, and what this looked like in practice, was somewhat confused due to previous mixed messages and little clarity provided from ‘up high’. The Maths Hub has been great in providing this clarity, particularly in how to create a balance between delivering Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning. Taking the best bits (and not all!) from the Shanghai observations back to school has changed our mindset with regard to our expectations and curriculum delivery. The mood throughout the whole school has changed; children are enjoying Maths and teachers are enjoying this new approach, which is already showing a positive impact on teaching and learning.
Latest news from CODE Maths Hub
Firstly, all of us at CODE Maths Hub hope that you, your families and school communities are well during these challenging times. As you will be aware that we have suspended all face-to-face contact over this summer term, although we have been able to maintain some support as we become more accomplished with the use of online meetings! This ‘Catch-up’ is a short update to keep you informed of the current work that is happening and also to make you aware of upcoming opportunities.
Have you seen the latest newsletter ‘Bespoke’ from NCETM? It summarises some of the findings from the latest evaluation of the Teaching For Mastery Programme. This evaluation shows that the Programme is having a ‘significant, positive impact at a number of levels’.
The England-China Exchange is well under way with three of our teachers taking part this year. Ross, Greg and Nicola are having an amazing time and learning lots in Shanghai. We look forward to hearing all about it and we are very excited to welcome teachers from Shanghai for the reciprocal visit early next year.