Years 7-11 Coherence Work Groups

The Years 7-11 Coherence (formerly known as the Challenging Topics at GCSE Work Group). Is a project which focuses on participant teachers working together to analyse, deconstruct and trace through the curriculum a selected key topic area, developing insight into effective teaching approaches, and considering the implications for longer term curriculum design. 


Each Work Group will consist of at least four schools. Individuals or ideally pairs of teachers from a department participate, with an expectation that they will work with other members of their department at appropriate points. This approach helps cultivate a collaborative culture. Schools that have participated in previous years may do so again, as developments often take place over time.

This project can offer an entry point into developing teaching for mastery approaches, or could support a particular focus for a department already involved in the teaching for mastery programme!

What will you learn?


Participants will:

  • develop a deeper insight into the maths that underpins learning in a challenging topic,                                                         through unpicking and analysing the topic

  • develop a deeper insight into the key issues and misconceptions behind the topic

  • deepen their own subject knowledge and awareness of connections within the curriculum

  • alongside their colleagues in school, consider appropriate pedagogies for the topic.