Monday, 18. November 2019, Chesterton Community College, Challenging topics at GCSE - Chesterton

from 18. November 2019 - 16:00
till 16. March 2020 - 18:00

Chesterton Community College

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•Use exam board analysis to identify topics which students nationally found challenging at GCSE.
•Get to grips with the underpinning content of a challenging GCSE topic (chosen collectively by the work group).
•Explore misconceptions and pedagogical approaches for each element.
•Create and trial resources and teaching approaches to improve your students’ understanding of the topic.
•Develop a more generic process for analysing difficult topics which can be used to improve teaching and learning in any area of the maths curriculum.

Who is this for?

Secondary maths teachers, particularly those teaching GCSE groups, and heads of department.
Participants are strongly encouraged to attend with at least one other colleague from their department. Previous participants have found attending in pairs to be invaluable, and reported much greater impact in their schools.
Participants in the 2018/19 work group are welcome to participate again.
What is involved?
∙4 after school workshops spread over three terms.
∙Gap tasks between the workshops, including trialling new teaching approaches.

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∙An evaluation process, focussing on the impact of the Work Group.

Intended Outcomes
∙Teachers will hone their ability to analyse what it is about certain topics that makes them more challenging, and be able to apply these analytical skills more widely in the curriculum.

∙They will deepen their understanding and classroom practice in relation to teaching and learning styles most appropriate to effective learning in the particular topic area.
∙Departments will have a model for improving the teaching and learning and curriculum provision for any area of the curriculum their students find challenging.
∙Students in the participant teachers’ classes will become more confident in their own skills and abilities, developing a deeper and more connected understanding of prior content, thus enabling them to better tackle the challenging topics. 

Expectations of participants and their schools
∙Schools will need to commit to the release of the same nominated teacher(s) for all four workshops. Dates are given below.
∙Schools will provide support for the gap tasks, including providing time for participating teachers to work with the department, for example in a department meeting.
∙The department will support the participating teachers to summarise the impact of Work Group participation as part of the professional development and Work Group evaluation.

The Work Group is offered free to all state-funded secondary schools in England.
Led by: John Stevens and Dave Banham

John Stevens is a maths teacher and SLE at Cambourne Village College.
Dave Banham is a Assistant Head in charge of maths at Chesterton Community College.
Dates and times:
18th November 12:30 – 4:00, lunch provided
13th January; 16th March; 11th May - all 2:30 – 5:00

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