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Number at the core of maths
23/09/2021 @ Online - Number at the core of maths (Code: C1227/002)

There is evidence from Chief Examiner reports which identifies the key topic areas of number work with place value, BIDMAS and estimation as ones likely to present some difficulty for maths learners. They form the foundations of good maths learning.

This course explores a range of methods and approaches that support number skills development and deep learning including place value, BIDMAS and estimation approaches suitable for both GCSE and Functional Skills maths.

The role of assessment in teaching maths
23/09/2021 @ Online - The role of assessment in teaching maths (Code: C1228/002)

Understanding the purpose of different types of assessment provides a basis for effective classroom teaching. The impact of Covid may mean more gaps in learners' knowledge than expected, increasing the need for a flexible ongoing assessment strategy.

This interactive course will present examples of different types of assessment to develop an understanding of their role in supporting learning. You will consider the importance of learners' maths experiences and how these might impact their learning.  

Key factors in individual maths lesson planning
28/09/2021 @ Online - Key factors in individual maths lesson planning (Code: C1251/002)

The planning of individual lessons, and how they interlink with others, are crucial in order to maximise the time spent with learners and get the most out of the resources available.

This interactive course will support all practitioners delivering substantial maths content in how approaches to planning can support deeper learning and develop learner engagement. It will include how the use of resources can be maximised and enable participants to gain a greater awareness of how they put together a lesson plan impacts on the learning that does or does not take place.

Functional number
30/09/2021 @ Online - Functional number (Code: C1230/002)

There is evidence from Chief Examiner reports which identifies the key topic areas of number work and the four main operations as ones most likely to present the most difficulty for functional maths learners.

This interactive course explores a range of methods and approaches that support skills development and deep learning of the four main operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It introduces a range of alternative mathematical methods, tackles misconceptions and uses technology effectively.

Centres for Excellence in Maths Forum meetings
06/10/2021 @ London - Centres for Excellence in Maths Forum meetings - Autumn term - forum meeting (Code: C0510/009)
The forum meetings aim to bring together the leaders from each Centre together to discuss the programme, updates, meet with their Regional Maths Leads (RML) and work on their action research projects.
Maths puzzles
07/10/2021 @ Online - Maths puzzles (Code: C1250/002)

Maths games and puzzles can develop fluency in mathematical skills, engage learners and help to develop deeper thinking. Geometric and algebraic puzzles can encourage learners to use reasoning skills as well as problem-solving, which link to all three GCSE Assessment Objectives as well as real-life and work-based maths situations.

This course will introduce a range of geometry and algebra games and puzzles to engage maths learners to help develop mathematical fluency, encourage deep thinking and support problem solving development.

Impact of language in maths
11/10/2021 @ Online - Impact of language in maths (Code: C1256/002)

Context has long been a problem for learners, along with unpacking worded questions. It is important that we consider and reflect on how we question and word maths problems so learners can access them and demonstrate the knowledge they already possess.

This interactive course will provide a deeper look into how we approach questioning learners and how to develop learners' ability to transfer knowledge across contexts. It will also consider what makes for effective discussion and ways to address maths specific vocabulary.

Money maths
19/10/2021 @ Online - Money maths (Code: C1240/002)

Money makes the world go around! Being sensitive to learners' funds of knowledge can help them switch from informal to formal numeracy practices and enable them to respond to the demands of formal assessments more effectively.

This course introduces contextual materials and activities to develop learners' money maths abilities. It will support you to plan differentiated, inclusive money maths sessions. You will consider how to build on the knowledge and understanding that learners bring to the maths classroom to motivate them and encourage them to understand the value of maths. 

Maths problem solving
01/11/2021 @ Online - Maths problem solving (Code: C1255/002)

As well as a need for learners to develop better problem-solving skills, current maths exams at Functional Skills and GCSE require the ability to answer longer, more complex questions with multistep processes, typically requiring the showing of method or planning alongside

This is an interactive course that will support all practitioners in developing learners reasoning and problem-solving skills. Whilst also examining a range of activities that can be used with learners for supporting them in improving confidence in tackling more complex multistep problems.

Maths in a triangle
03/11/2021 @ Online - Maths in a triangle (Code: C1258/002)

Triangles are simple shapes, but their properties are used in many practical applications, for example in engineering and sciences. Understanding the fundamental properties of triangles is foundational to developing learners' understanding of trigonometry and geometry.

This interactive course is designed to enable participants to better support their learners in understanding triangle properties, Pythagoras, basic trigonometry and their practical applications providing a solid foundation for GCSE and vocational learners.

Modelling and abstraction
08/11/2021 @ Online - Modelling and abstraction (Code: C1259/002)

Research tells us that some mathematical topics can be difficult to visualise and consider conceptually. Modelling mathematics aids understanding and helps scaffold learners into better reasoning and problem solving skills. This course explores Concrete, Abstract and Pictorial (CAP) representations that support deep learning and a better understanding of algebraic skills, geometric connections and number work, including conversions. It is helpful for maths study and for everyday life and work.

Presenting statistical data using graphs and charts
11/11/2021 @ Online - Presenting statistical data using graphs and charts (Code: C1238/002)

Quantitative data is pervasive in society. Technology allows representations of data to be easily produced in various forms without considering the most appropriate representation. Guidance on the advantages and disadvantages of different representations is often superficial.

This interactive course will present different ways to represent data and how interpreting graphs has an important role to play. All the graphical displays in the GCSE specification will be covered, and participants will have a chance to discuss the merits of alternative representations in a variety of contexts

Algebra in maths
16/11/2021 @ Online - Algebra in maths (Code: C1226/002)

Many learners struggle with the concepts of algebra within the workplace or in daily life. Chief Examiner reports identify simplifying an algebraic expression, writing an equation and using algebra for solving problems all presenting difficulties.

This interactive course will provide examples of activities that can be used with learners to develop their understanding of algebra, an area which is challenging to many. It will focus on algebraic expressions and linear equations and will look at how to encourage learners to rethink problems and secure their learning through tackling problems.

Integrating maths into vocational courses
17/11/2021 @ Online - Integrating maths into vocational courses (Code: C1254/002)

Presenting maths in a contextualised or embedded way increases motivation and improves learning.

This interactive course will support technical and vocational tutors, trainers, and assessors to identify naturally occurring opportunities to develop learners' maths skills needed to successfully complete their study programme, apprenticeship, or vocational or technical course. A range of resources and best practice approaches will be discussed.

Visualising maths
23/11/2021 @ Online - Visualising maths (Code: C1260/002)

Visualisation is accepted as an important aspect of mathematical reasoning. Edens and Potter state, "[Visualisations] assist students in learning to 'unpack' the structure of a problem" (2008). Visualisation refers to mental imagery people use make sense of problems. This includes using pictures, diagrams and charts that can help organise thoughts.

This interactive course will explore different ways visualisation-focused activities can support learners understanding and encourage deeper thinking in maths, including algebraic expressions, circle geometry, areas, and problem-solving.

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