It has been an honour and a privilege to host Miss Wang and Mr Ou at our school this last two weeks, as part of the Shanghai-England Mathematics Teacher Exchange. The children at Goldsworth have made our Chinese teachers feel very welcome and have been inquisitive themselves about what teaching is like in Shanghai, asking many questions. Mr Ou and Miss Wang have taught Maths in Bats and 6B every day since their arrival two weeks ago. The children from these classes have both enjoyed and coped very well with a different style of teaching to which they are used to as well as hosting many visiting teachers at the back of their classrooms!
It has been a busy and hectic time for everyone involved culminating in the showcase lessons this week, where we had 70 visiting teachers from around Surrey, who were interested to learn best practice from Miss Wang and Mr Ou.
Indeed, our staff at Goldsworth have been fortunate enough to observe Miss Wang teach 6S in our staff meeting this week, as well as drop into other lessons over the two weeks.
Overall, it has been an enriching experience for all of us and we have learnt so much from each other and hope that our relationship with these two lovely teachers will continue for a long time.
From the first day that I met Miss Wang and Mr Ou, when I was giving them a tour of our school, I was interested to know about teachers from a different country and how they teach. I was lucky enough to find out for myself as 6S stayed after school this week to be taught by Miss Wang. I was amazed by how good her English was and found her explanations helpful. I think Miss Wang and Mr Ou have given English teachers a lot of help and support with teaching maths by giving them the opportunity to come and watch their lessons at our school. Whenever I have gone to visit them to check they are ok, they have given me a warm welcome and I will miss them when they leave.
So far this year, we have had the pleasure of welcoming three groups of teachers from across Surrey to Goldsworth to observe the Maths – No Problem! textbooks in open lessons. We start the morning with a discussion about the textbooks, looking at the positives and negatives and the practicalities of introducing them into classes. It has proved exceedingly interesting to explore each context, thinking about how to go about bringing them in. Goldsworth’s model is shared to help gain an idea of one potential way to do this.
Next, comes the exciting part – seeing it in practice! The children and teacher has loved welcoming all the teachers into school and showing off their learning! We hope this enables our visitors get a real flavour for the textbooks and how they have worked for us.
Once the lesson has finished, we’ve been lucky enough to talk with the teacher to get her opinion on both the lesson and the impact of Maths – No Problem! on the children’s learning.
It has been an amazingly positive process so far and we look forward to welcoming more people over the rest of the year!
“A real privilege to observe a lesson and see how they journalled. Thank you!” Headteacher, Windlesham Village Infant School
“Seeing it in practice was illuminating.” Maths Lead, Beaufort Primary School
“Opportunity to talk to children to hear their reasoning as they explained their exploration and new learning was very useful. Very clear mathematical language modelled and used by children. Very good to see the quality recording in maths books.” Maths Lead, Burpham Primary School
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Since 2014, The NCETM and Maths Hubs have been working together to develop approaches to teaching for mastery within primary mathematics. This has been partly informed by the teaching of mathematics in high performing South East Asian jurisdictions. In 2015, the NCETM and Maths Hubs recruited 140 teachers (4 per Maths Hub) to participate in a Mastery Specialists development programme. During this academic year, the teachers have been developing teaching for mastery approaches in their own school as well as working with interested schools through pilot Teacher Research Groups (TRG).
Teaching for Mastery Work Groups
In 2016-17, all Maths Hubs will be running 4 primary mathematics Teaching for Mastery Work Groups. Each Work Group will be led by one of the current Maths Hub’s Mastery Specialists and involve six primary schools. During the year, they will work closely together to introduce and develop approaches to teaching for mastery.
We are now seeking to recruit 24 schools across the Surrey Plus Maths Hub region to participate in this important project.
This project is an exciting opportunity to develop Teaching for Mastery in your school and as such, the teachers involved will require a minimum of 10 days (per pair) release time.
There is no charge for participating in this work group, and a generous grant of £1000 will be given to each participating school to help subsidise teacher release time.
What is involved?
The Work Group activity will include:
- Each school identifying two teachers to lead developments within their school.
- The two teachers working together with the Mastery Specialist and teachers from the other Work Group schools in half-termly TRG meetings and through an online community.
- Each school receiving a termly support visit from the Mastery Specialist to observe teaching, support in-school TRGs, and work with the lead teachers and head teacher.
- The head teacher working with the Maths Hub’s leadership and other Work Group school head teachers to develop whole school policies and structures to support teaching for mastery.
- The lead teachers, supported by the head teacher, working with colleagues to develop teaching for mastery approaches in the classroom, supported by professional development activity including Teacher Research Group methods.
Commitment of the School
Schools chosen to participate in the Work Group commit to the following expectations:
- The lead teachers will participate in the half-termly, cross-school Work Group meetings with the Mastery Specialist (half-days) and contribute to the online community.
- The lead teachers will receive a minimum of 10 (combined) days release time for development work including the above meetings.
- The head teacher will meet with the Mastery Specialist and the Maths Hub’s leadership as well as working with the other Work Group school head teachers.
- The school will seek to introduce teaching for mastery approaches across the school and establish TRG professional development models to support teacher development.
- The school will provide any reports required by the Maths Hub and participate in any evaluation processes required.
Commitment of the Two Teachers
- Be able to attend 6 separate half-day TRGs, once per half term.
- Be full-time (or nearly full-time) class teachers.
- Have strong and secure subject and pedagogical knowledge.
- Have good experience of teaching Primary Mathematics.
- Be prepared to change their pedagogy and practice based on lessons learnt.
- Be enthusiastic and motivated.
- Have some experience of leading CPD within their school.
- Be willing to work collaboratively with colleagues from other schools.
- Be prepared to disseminate ideas and strategies to colleagues at their school.
Benefits for your school and staff
Participating in the Work Group will provide the following benefits:
- Teachers will gain a stronger understanding of the principals of Teaching for Mastery.
- High quality support for teacher professional development for the lead teachers, facilitated by the Mastery Specialists.
- Support for the head teacher in addressing leadership issues related to teaching for mastery from the Mastery Specialist and the Maths Hub’s leadership.
- Opportunity to work closely with other teachers and schools also develop- ing Teaching for Mastery.
- No charge for participation and a grant of £1000 to help subsidise teacher release time.
Who can apply?
The Work Groups are intended for schools that are already committed to using Teaching for Mastery approaches for primary mathematics. Schools should also have the capacity for engaging in significant development work during 2016-17.
Schools that have already begun to engage with teaching for mastery are more likely to be prioritised by the Maths Hub.
Next Steps? How to get involved
Schools interested in applying to be part of a Work Group in 2016-17 should complete the application form attached and submit to your Maths Hub by Wednesday 8th June.
The Maths Hub will then make contact with you with more details about the selection process.
You can download this information here – Full details TRG Schools 2016-17
You can download the application form here – Teaching for Mastery Work Group Application 2016-17
Last week the NCETM released some very useful guidance about marking and evidence recording within the context of primary mathematics. It can be downloaded here NCETM Primary Marking Guidance April 2016
This is part of the NCETMs continuing work on developing ‘teaching for mastery’ – for further details and resources please click here.