Newsletter Spring 2022

Newsletter Spring 2022

Welcome to our Spring Newsletter 2022

COLLABORATE • ENGAGE • INSPIRE

Welcome to our Spring Newsletter

Happy New Year 2022!

At the start of this year, we’re continuing with our blended provision, with most of our sessions continuing to be held online.

As restrictions begin to lift, we hope to begin more face-to-face sessions again, and

OVERVIEW:

  • Introducing our new Primary Advocate Headteacher 
  • Upcoming CPD Spring 2022 
    • SKTM: Secondary Non-Specialist Teachers 
    • Primary SKTM for TAs 
    • Primary Oracy 
    • Greater Depth 
  • Cross Phase Conference 
  • Coming Soon 
    • Primary SKTM for Early Career Teachers 
    • Mastering Number 

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INTRODUCING

LINDA APPLEBY 

PRIMARY ADVOCATE HEADTEACHER 

Linda is Head of Little Common Primary School, which is a large urban school in Bexhill. She has been an Executive Head and Headteacher of a small village school. Linda has a Masters in Education, NPQH and SENCo accreditation. Linda leads the Learning Collaborative Partner School for the Rother and Rye area, supporting schools and brokering support for them. She has experience of developing leaders at all levels. We are delighted to have her on the Sussex Maths Hub team. 

Linda first got involved with Teaching for Mastery when she observed a showcase lesson led by teachers from Shanghai on an exchange visit to Westdene in Brighton back in 2016. The following year Linda watched Shanghai teachers in action at Sandown in Hastings and seized the opportunity to involve her deputy and SENCo. Leadership at all levels were involved in the decision to adopt Teaching for Mastery at Little Common. They carefully considered any barriers and strategies to overcome these and embarked on a CPD journey with the staff over three years to win hearts and minds. Little Common has trialled several different resources including Power Maths and White Rose. 

The impact on results has been gradual but very positive. One of their current school development areas is fluency and Linda reports that all of the staff enthusiastically embraced the new Mastering Number initiative. This new programme from the NCETM was launched in September 2021 and aims to ensure that every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 has a solid foundation of early number sense on which to build. All of the feedback so far has been that it is really effective in achieving its goals. 

As an Advocate Headteacher, Linda will be offering virtual leadership drop-ins for other heads and senior leaders who would like to discuss and share their own teaching for mastery journeys. These sessions offer a great opportunity to share best practice and troubleshoot together. Linda and her team also welcome 

Newsletter Autumn 2021

Newsletter Autumn 2021

Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter 2021

COLLABORATE • ENGAGE • INSPIRE

 Hello again!

Welcome back for 2021/22

There are lots of exciting things happening across the
Hub, with a wide range of CPD available right through
from Early Years to Post 16.

This year our programmes will be blended combining
both online and face to face meetings.

OVERVIEW:

  1. Welcome back – Introducing
    our new Maths Hub Team
  2. What’s happening in 2021/2022:
    • Projects and Work Groups Overview
    • Secondary Teaching for Mastery Development
    • Secondary Non Specialist Teacher Programme
  3. Webinar: Steering the Ship Towards the ‘Golden Thread’ – Collaborative Planning using the latest Curriculum Prioritisation materials from the NCETM

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    Mastering Number Work Group

    Mastering Number Work Group

    Mastering Number Work Group

    APPLY NOW FOR 2022/23

    Supporting pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to develop good number sense

    What is involved?

    This programme focuses on the key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1. Participating schools will receive central training (online and face-to-face) and a wealth of pupil-facing resources.

    There is an expectation that schools will provide a daily teaching session for all children of 10 to 15 minutes, in addition to their normal maths lesson. Lead Teachers in schools will also contribute to an online community to share practice and engage in critical reflection.

    Who can take part?

    Lead participants from Work Group schools will be three teachers – one each from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – known as Lead Teachers. Some support will also be given to subject leaders and headteachers. Where appropriate, Lead Teachers are expected to support the other teachers in their year group.

    This programme and its Work Groups are open to all schools that have not yet engaged with the Mastering Number Programme.

    What is the cost?

    The Mastering Number Programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools. Whilst digital rekenreks are freely available online, schools taking part in the September start cohort of this programme may wish to consider purchasing class sets of physical rekenreks for Year 1 and Year 2 prior to the start of the programme.

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    Primary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups

    Primary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups

    Primary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups

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    Be part of the continuing programme to develop teaching for mastery in maths in primary schools

    WHAT IS INVOLVED?

    Two teachers from each participating school join a Work Group, consisting of six or seven local primary schools. Each Work Group is led by a trained Primary Mastery Specialist. Work Groups meet regularly to plan, observe and discuss teaching for mastery. In between meetings, teachers explore mastery approaches in their own classrooms and across their school.

    Support is provided from a local classroom-based Mastery Specialist who leads the group. This model of professional development involves hands-on learning and peer-to-peer support. It is evidence-based and designed to support substantial long-term change.

    WHO CAN TAKE PART?

    This programme is for state-funded primary schools in England. Two teachers from each participant school will attend six half-day meetings during the school year, and lead teaching for mastery development in their own school.

    WHAT IS THE COST?

    The Primary Teaching for Mastery Development Work Groups project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

     

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    WEBINAR: Using Mathematical Tools to develop number sense

    WEBINAR: Using Mathematical Tools to develop number sense

    Learning to think mathematically:

    How to launch the Rekenrek to support number sense in your own school

    The Rekenrek is a tool that was created in the Netherlands and has been translated to be called an ‘arithmetic rack’ or ‘calculating frame’. It is a unique tool that allows children to develop number sense and we are very excited about its potential, particularly at the current time. There are free virtual versions of this tool that schools can use for interactive whole class or group teaching and it will complement schools’ current use of representations and structures such as tens frames, Cuisenaire rods and Numicon.

    Our own team has first-hand experience of launching the Rekenrek in our own schools and we have seen the positive impact it is already having on our own pupils’ confidence with fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We will be discussing how you too can approach a planned and progressive roll out for the Rekenrek in your school to support fluency and Teaching for Mastery, should you wish to.

     

     

    Primary Mastery Readiness Work Groups

    Primary Mastery Readiness Work Groups

    Primary Mastery Readiness Work Groups

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    A Programme for primary schools that want to adopt teaching for mastery in maths, but would benefit from a staged approach

    Who can take part?

    Schools will have an identifiable barrier to being able to successfully implement teaching for mastery at present. Barriers may include an Ofsted grading of RI or Inadequate, poor pupil progress in maths, serving an area of low social mobility, or issues in the school that have meant the implementation of sustained change has been difficult.

    What is involved?

    Schools with additional challenges need bespoke support to ensure their systems and cultures are conducive to a teaching for mastery approach. Those who are not yet ready to join a Teaching for Mastery Development Work Group will prepare for implementing a teaching for mastery approach which is embedded and sustained across the whole school. This will involve receiving support from Mastery Readiness Leads, and developing classroom culture and attitudes to maths that will support a teaching for mastery approach, both on the part of teachers and their pupils.

    After the year-long programme, Mastery Readiness schools will be ready to progress into Development Work Groups and beyond.

    What is the cost?

    There is no charge for participation in this programme. However, schools must ensure that staff are released to engage in the workshops and school visits, and that the headteacher attends events where appropriate.

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    WEBINAR: Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 Transition

    WEBINAR: Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 Transition

    What does ‘Secondary Ready’ look like post-lockdown?

    How can we most effectively work together in 2021 in the best interest of children?

    Are you a teacher in KS2 or a maths teacher or department lead in KS3? Are you interested in teaching for mastery and delving deeper into the curriculum implications of the latest lockdown? Would you like to be part of the conversation about how we should prioritise the curriculum in 2021-22 in order to best prepare pupils in upper KS2 for secondary school success? Are you interested in working with teachers in both KS2 and KS3 to focus on pedagogy in mathematics teaching and learning?

    Newsletter Autumn 2020

    Newsletter Autumn 2020

    Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter 2020

    COLLABORATE • ENGAGE • INSPIRE

    Welcome to the start of another very different looking term!

    There have been a lot of changes in schools for the start of 2020/2021, and Sussex Maths Hub are here to support our teachers and colleagues as much as we can.

    New Year, New Look!

    It’s not just our schools that look different! Over the summer both Maths Hubs and the NCETM have had a makeover!

    OVERVIEW:

    • Welcome back – Introducing our new Mastery Team
    • Covid-19 Recovery – our Teaching for Mastery plan for the year ahead
    • What’s happening in 2020/2021:
      • Projects and Work Groups
      • Research and Innovation
      • Webinars

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    TEACHING FOR MASTERY

    COVID-19 RECOVERY 2020/21

    The Challenge

    The school year 2020/21 will be substantially affected by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The knock-on effects on school life and teachers’ working lives can’t be predicted with any certainty. Staffing issues may continue into the Autumn term, making it more difficult for schools to find cover and release teachers for training. In addition to this, many students will have been out of school for several months, and teachers will need to adapt to address the gaps in their learning.

    How can maths hub help?

    All Maths Hubs work will be flexible and adaptable to changing realities. Our Work Groups this year focus on how to Teach for Mastery in a recovery climate. We will look at blended learning models to ensure pupils catch up, keep up and make progresswith key resources for curriculum recovery.

    There’s likely to be more live online collaboration, utilising technology such as video conferencing. In addition, Work Group content will be adjusted to address schools’ recovery from coronavirus-related disruption alongside work on the central maths subject matter of each project. First meetings will likely take place around October time, with face-to-face meetings expected to start in January 2021.

    Our Mastery Specialists will work with your school, supporting the individual needs of your school and students.