Developing Mathematics Teaching in South Yorkshire
The South Yorkshire Maths Hub is committed to supporting teachers of mathematics to develop their practice by creating a local community of educators working collaboratively together.
Along with the National Centre of Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) the maths hubs nationally recognise the limited value of professional development programmes that merely “deliver training” but instead promote the collaborative nature of the working group in which colleagues work together on a specific focus of mathematical education with the common aim to recognise, develop and exercise best practice.
|Traditional “training” methods and day-courses have been shown to have limited impact on changing teachers’ classroom practice|
|Programmes that include collaborative professional dialogue has proven to be more successful in developing classroom practice|
Each year there are a number of opportunities for teachers to engage in work groups. These usually involve a programme of 4-6 sessions. The length of these workshops differ from group to group but are typically ½ day sessions or twilights. The expectation for participants will be to contribute to the professional discussions and engage in mutually agreed classroom activities that trial specific strategies and feedback their experiences to the group.
The focus areas of work groups in 2017/8 have included; Early Years, Lesson Design, Intervention, Developing Fluency, Evidencing Progress, Supporting SEND pupils as well as subject knowledge programmes for both teachers and teacher assistants.
Work group leaders have their own network of support.
Support for work group leaders (WGL) is facilitated locally through the South Yorkshire Maths Hub and nationally through the NCETM, typically there will be a number of WGLs working together as a team and resources, activities and strategies will be shared.
Each month, SYMH publishes an e-newsletter "Update" for each of the phases, Primary, Secondary & Post 16.
We email all subscribers on our distribution list as appropriate, you can opt to be sent any or all of these or access them via this page. Newsletter Updates are available below from Jan 2016 and copies can be downloaded from the list below.
We welcome contributions to both this website and upcoming newsletters. Please feel free to drop us an email with news of your or your students' achievements and successes that you'd like to share.
E-newsletter updates 2017/8
Post 16 & KS5 (June)
Post 16 & KS5 (May)
All previous years' e-newsletters can be found as PDFs at the bottom of this page
Quick links to work group and associated pages (click on sub-headings below)
Click on any of the sub-titles below to access the specific pages where you will find links to associated contacts and/or websites.
SYMH supports all forms of networking that looks to enhance and improve the teaching of Maths in the region.
There are a number of TSAs across the region many provide specific and bespoke support to schools
Each have been invited to publicise what specific Maths support they can offer schools.
Maths is not short of professional and academic associations.
Here are listed a sample with links to their respective homepages.
There are two local schools hosting the 2019 China Exchange
Primary - Byron Wood, Sheffield
Secondary - Hungerhill, Doncaster
Primary Showcase lessons
Secondary Showcase lessons