The national Maths Hubs Programme has continued running throughout 2020/21, albeit with adaptations to accommodate online working. As well as facilitating deep and long-term pedagogical thinking and planning, Work Groups are responsive to the changing situations that teachers and schools are managing. You can find out more in the latest issue of Bespoke, the Maths Hubs newsletter.
As well as managing the Maths Hubs Programme, the NCETM has also been supporting maths teachers more widely during this difficult period, through its website and other online resources:
- Using this distinctive image and the hashtag #MathsTeachingIdeas, we have been playing our part in the explosion of resource and idea sharing happening among teachers during lockdown. Our retweets reach 48.2K followers.
- Our podcast has featured a secondary, an FE and a primary teacher in the latest Remote Learning Returns series.
- Our regular Tuesday evening #mathscpdchat Twitter chats have become increasingly popular during lockdown with teachers keen to discuss lockdown and non-lockdown related pedagogy.
- A January blog post from NCETM Director (and MEI Chief Executive), Charlie Stripp, applauds teachers’ remote teaching efforts and signposts some of the best evidence and resources to support them.
- Our popular Numberblocks support materials are currently being adapted to provide parent-friendly versions. Series 1 materials are published, with more underway.
- We have also suggested alternative ways teachers might think of using the Primary Video Lessons and the KS3 Planning to teach videos, in current circumstances.
- Our Twitter Qualifications and Curriculum feed is keeping teachers up to date with all they need to know about the changing landscape of exams and qualifications.
As well as pandemic-related support, the NCETM continues to encourage deep pedagogical thinking and long-term curriculum planning. We have recently published:
- Podcast episode: featuring a new initiative, Maths4Girls, that arranges for women in maths-related careers to talk to secondary students.
- Two new ‘Planning to teach’ KS3 videos, looking at constructions and angles.
- New webpage: Insights from experienced teachers, featuring videos of teachers discussing using the Secondary Mastery PD Materials.
- Article: Early Career Teachers – what you need to know.
- Article: Representations in our primary video lessons.