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Maths Hubs opportunities for 2020/21

The DfE and The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics have published a suite of new guidance on teaching Mathematics in primary schools. This guidance:

  • identifies the core concepts that are needed for pupils to progress in mathematics

  • demonstrates how pupils can build their understanding of key concepts from year 1 to year 6

Short videos that introduce and summarise this guidance are also available. Schools and trusts may find this guidance helpful in planning and prioritising the curriculum following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Materials to support teachers and schools planning and delivering Covid recovery maths teaching at both primary and secondary level are available from the NCETM. All are accessible from their dedicated Covid support page. For primary schools and teachers, there are resources linked to the DfE guidance published in July this year. These include ready-to-use training materials, a short video, and a suite of 79 PowerPoints focusing on the ready-to-progress criteria found in the new DfE guidance. The latter would be ideal for schools to use as part of the National Tutoring Programme or for any dedicated catch- up tutoring. The 180 primary video lessons produced during lockdown are also still available. Each lesson has an accompanying teacher guide, and a PowerPoint of the lesson for teachers to adapt themselves.

For secondary schools, an evidence-based guidance document to support discussions about recovery curriculum content and pedagogy has been produced, along with a one-hour training session and accompanying materials to help KS3 teachers and maths departments understand the implications for Year 7 of the DfE primary guidance. More materials, including guidance videos and departmental training sessions, will be added soon.

For any schools and teachers wanting to get involved with the work of their local Maths Hub this year to support Covid recovery, workgroups are still recruiting for projects running in 2020/21. Contact: Gaynor Bahan, Regional Lead – Lancashire and West Yorkshire, National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics