Tom Collins from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Guildford and Nicci Bailey from Hook Junior School have been selected to take part in a prestigious teacher exchange, focusing on mathematics, with a partner school in Shanghai.
Tom and Nicci are among 70 expert mathematics teachers from schools across England taking part in an exchange as part of the Maths Hubs programme. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and Hook Junior School are working with the Surrey Plus Maths Hub.
The purpose of the exchange is to further develop the understanding and implementation of mastery approaches to teaching maths in St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and Hook Junior School, and in local partner schools that Tom and Nicci will be working with during the school year 2016-17.
This is one part of the Teaching for Mastery Programme, run by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) in conjunction with the Maths Hubs programme.
In July this year, the School Standards Minister, Nick Gibb, announced £41m of funding for the Teaching for Mastery programme over the next four school years.
The group of teachers, all of whom completed the Mastery Specialists programme within their Maths Hubs last year, will be visiting Shanghai in the first half of November this year, and hosting their partner teachers from Shanghai in English schools in late November/early December.
This is the third teacher exchange with schools in Shanghai since the Maths Hubs programme was launched in autumn 2014.
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