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NCETM Update: September 2020

Posted: 14/09/2020

The NCETM has a new website! So, if you were one of the many users who knew that there was great content hiding in a clunky, overloaded, vintage website, you will enjoy exploring the new streamlined one. This video gives a quick tour.

All of the most popular articles, professional development materials and classroom resources are still available on the new website and now easier to find.

Over the summer, the NCETM has been putting together a range of resources for schools and teachers helping students recover from the school closures due to the pandemic.

Secondary Covid recovery material includes guidance, professional development materials for maths departments and topic-specific teaching guidance videos.

Primary Covid recovery material includes training materials, classroom materials and video lessons.

Teachers have welcomed the opportunity to share their experiences of re-opening through the regular NCETM #mathscpdchat on Twitter on Tuesday nights. Summaries can be read here, and upcoming chats are:

  • 22 Sept - Primary focused discussion. Host: Martyn Yeo.
  • 29 Sept - Post-16 focused discussion ‘How are you presently supporting post-16 learners of mathematics?’ Host: Simon Ball.
  • 6 October - Cross-phase discussion, to review the first few weeks of term. Host: Kathryn Darwin.

Maths Hubs 2020/21

During the summer months of 2020, Maths Hubs adapted their work with local schools, to take account of restrictions caused by coronavirus. Maths Hubs also offered support to schools planning the return to ‘normal’ maths teaching as schools re-opened.

Maths Hubs projects for 2020/21 in all phases, are going ahead and are recruiting teachers for Work Groups now. For autumn 2020, work is likely to begin after half term and be online, with the hope that more face-to-face work may resume later in the school year. Work Groups will be adapted, both in terms of delivery and content, to address the circumstances that teachers and schools are now working in. However, the central thrust of all Maths Hubs work remains - that maths should be taught for deep and connected understanding. Any recovery work will be based on these firm foundations.

Three new Maths Hubs begin work, covering Berkshire and Wiltshire (Möbius Maths Hub), several areas to the south of Birmingham (Origin Maths Hub) and Essex (Venn Essex Maths Hub).

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