All of us here at CODE hope that you had as good a summer break as you could during these strange and challenging times. As we start the new academic year we continue to be as passionate as ever about supporting mathematics for young people in our area. We’ve modified some of our planned activity which will mean that initially a lot of our work will take place online. We hope, if the situation surrounding COVID allows, that we will be able to resume face-to-face sessions late in the Spring or Summer term. This ‘Catch-up’ is a short update, signposting resources and giving a flavour of the opportunities that are available this year that you can get involved in.

Primary Teaching for Mastery (TfM) – Our TfM Work Groups for Readiness, Developing and Embedding have now begun this year. We’re really pleased to be able to welcome some new schools to the TfM programme whilst continuing to engage with schools who were on the programme last year.

We’ve been working hard to plan the new TfM Sustaining phase which will include schools that were part of Embedding last year or who have previously been engaged with TfM. We’re really excited that nearly 100 schools have already joined this work group. If you think your school is eligible to join and you’ve not yet signed up, then please contact us. We’ll be starting activity in this group in the second half of the autumn term with a session focused on how best to use the DfE Ready to Progress materials to support TfM against the backdrop of COVID and a session looking specifically at supporting the Early Years. Dates and details will be shared with this group very soon.

 

Resources – our Lockdown resources are still available on our website. These are a brilliant for stimulating mathematical discussion and extending thinking – perfect to utilise in the classroom. Find them here: http://www.codemathshub.org.uk/lockdown-resources/

The NCETM have now produced exemplification of the Ready to Progress materials – 79 free PowerPoints! Each one focusing on one of the ready to progress criteria and intended to stimulate interaction and discussion. Check them out here.

We’ve also just added a suite of resources produced by Andy Tynemouth aimed at supporting recovery and intervention as schools look to close gaps following the COVID ‘lockdown’. These can be found here.

Secondary Projects – We have some exciting Work Groups that will be starting soon:

  • Challenging topics – The Challenging Topics Work Group aims to raise students’ attainment by exploring mathematical topics that students find difficult, then collaboratively planning and trialling sequences of lessons to overcome their challenges.
  • 5 to 8 Continuity – The 5 – 8 Continuity Work Group aims to bring teachers from different phases together to improve communication and collaboration between Key Stages 2 and 3.

Further information and details about these Work Groups and our other Secondary projects can be found on our website here.

Post 16 – We are now recruiting for our Developing Pedagogy Work Group – ‘A Level Maths Teaching in the Covid Era’. This workgroup will look at strategies both to help Year 12 and 13 students to catch up on work missed due to the 2020 lockdown, and to cope with the current attendance issues from self- isolating and avoiding school due to Covid fears. It will also look at good ways of teaching online. The emphasis will be on sharing good practise, with teachers explaining their experience and techniques for student support. There will be 3 sessions.

To sign up for this Work Group and for further details then please visit our website here.

Local Leaders of Maths Education – it has been fantastic to meet with both our primary and secondary LLME communities over the last couple of weeks. We are lucky to have such a strong team of experts available from EYFS through to Post 16. Early in November we will be meeting together to continue to build a shared understanding of TfM across CODE and grow ‘masters of mathematics’ in our local area.

Facebook – If you haven’t yet then please do like and follow our new CODE Maths Hub Facebook page. We will use this as a way of sharing regular updates and ideas.

David Hick and Debbie Weible, CODE Maths Hub Leads