On 29th March 2018 all the maths teams from across the Salisbury Plain Academies Trust will be coming to Avon Valley College to work together on a unified approach to teaching topics across the age range from early years to GCSE.
The training will be led by Anne Watson, Emeritus Professor of mathematics education at Oxford University. Anne, who was an advisor for the introduction of the current national curriculum in mathematics, is also an influential figure in mathematics education. She works with mathematics departments in schools to help them improve their practise.
About 15 maths teachers will spend the morning investigating how a common approach between the different phases of education can improve students’ understanding and achievement in mathematics.
This training is part of regular meetings held across the schools in the Trust that have developed common practise and improved teaching and learning in mathematics. The training will kick start a way for all the teachers in the Trust to discuss common themes and to appreciate the differences and similarities in the way maths is taught at different ages. We will be working on the ‘handrail’ concept that ensures linearity and a common understanding between phases. Having a handrail enables teachers to re-examine and develop their own mathematical knowledge and also to talk to each other about it.