Mathematical Thinking for GCSE

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Mathematical Thinking for GCSE is a Work Group aimed at Teachers of KS4 maths who wish to further develop their pedagogical and theoretical understanding of what it means to develop mathematical thinking, and practical classroom strategies to explore these ideas.

This Work Group is designed to meet teachers’ needs in that it offers both practical and theoretical elements to address a key concern (GCSE attainment), while offering a manageable structure for collaborative CPD:

1. To offer teachers support so that they are better equipped to help all pupils develop their mathematical thinking, ultimately preparing them for the challenges of the GCSE and beyond

2. To support teachers in understanding and using participation in a Work Group as the basis of collaborative continued professional development for themselves and within their department.

Mathematical Thinking is one of the Five Big Ideas for Teaching for Mastery and this Work Group gives further opportunity to embed teaching for mastery in secondary schools, while also supporting schools and colleges to address the challenges of teaching GCSE Maths, so that all pupils are prepared for progression to post-16 education.

What will you learn?

  • Your students will develop a range of strategies to allow them to get started on, and to think their way through, unfamiliar mathematical problems

  • You will develop your understanding of the role of reasoning and problem-solving in the curriculum

  • You will develop an effective repertoire of task types that give opportunities for mathematical thinking

  • You will be equipped to develop strategies and approaches to support mathematical thinking within your department

The Mathematical Thinking for GCSE project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.