Underground Mathematics is a project run by the University of Cambridge, which aims to support and enhance Key Stage 5 mathematics education. Funded by a grant from the Department for Education, the project provides innovative resources to help support and inspire teachers and students of Key Stage 5 mathematics. The aim is to help to make Key Stage 5 mathematics a rich, coherent and stimulating experience for students and teachers.
MEI is running a series of free 1-day CPD courses entitled Underground Mathematics: Resources to address the requirements of the new A level. On the course, participants explore the resources on the Underground Mathematics website, gain an understanding of the philosophy for teaching and learning mathematics which underpins the project, and explore ways to maximise the impact of the resources in the classroom. Please visit Underground Mathematics for further details.
MEI is keen to work with Maths Hubs on promoting and hosting Underground Mathematics courses. MEI will reimburse your Maths Hub for all hosting costs incurred. Read about the course hosted last year at the Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub . For more information please email Lorna Kerr
We are already working with several schools who are leading Hubs on our year-long professional development courses.
The London Thames Maths Hub led by the Harris Federation commissioned MEI to design and present a series of events to prepare teachers for the reformed A levels in 2017.
The Central Maths Hub, led by Bishop Challoner Catholic College, Birmingham and the North West 1 Maths Hub led by Altrincham Grammar School for Girls (AGGS) Teaching School Alliance have been hosting MEI’s TGM course. More details.
Recruitment for such extensive courses is always a challenge. The NW1 Maths Hub has taken a proactive approach to recruitment.
The London Central and North West Maths Hub, led by the St. Marylebone CE School, London, has been hosting MEI’s TAM course. More details.
All Maths Hubs have been given the opportunity to host the Underground Mathematics one-day PD course. The Norfolk and Suffolk and Cambridge Maths Hubs offered these effective marketing ideas to recruit to the courses they hosted.
Given the scale of these professional development programmes we would hope to work across several Hubs at a regional level.
MEI’s charitable aims focus on improving mathematics education for all learners and, to this end, MEI is keen to work to support Maths Hubs in practical ways, both nationally and locally.
Here’s a selection of professional development activities chosen to provide you with ideas for ways in which we could work together to provide new opportunities for mathematics teachers in your area.
Curriculum Change Being closely involved with curriculum change in all aspects of 11-19 mathematics at a national level, we will be able to keep you informed about any forthcoming changes and to support the schools in your area to prepare for them.
We are able to offer a special package of rates to Maths Hubs.
Teaching GCSE Mathematics (TGM). This year-long course provides sustained support for teachers new to teaching GCSE Mathematics including non-specialists in mathematics, Newly Qualified Teachers, teachers returning to the classroom and those in Initial Teacher Training. It involves five study days, a series of online sessions, and resources developed especially to support it.
Teaching Advanced Mathematics (TAM). This DfE-funded year-long course supports those teaching A level Mathematics and involves eight study days, regular optional online sessions, and school visits.
To discuss these or any other form of support you would like MEI to provide please email Bernard Murphy, MEI’s Programme Leader for Teacher Support.