BBO Maths Hub

Free Opportunities - Spring 2020

Secondary Mastery Taster Days

How does the teaching for mastery approach benefit students?  Come along to a Mastery Taster Day to find out!

Teaching for Mastery is a Department of Education initiative which started in 2016, to develop Maths teaching and learning in England. The aim is that all schools in England will eventually be teaching using this methodology. Within the schools who have already been working with mastery, teachers report:

  • a higher level of participation in lessons;
  • an increased ability to explain reasoning mathematically;
  • a more positive mind-set towards mathematics;
  • greater understanding of the links in mathematics;
  • in increased ability to solve problems and generally a lot more confidence.

BBO Maths Hub is offering four opportunities to come and observe KS3/4 lessons, taught with the mastery approach:

BBO Maths Hub is offering four opportunities to come and observe KS3/4 lessons, taught with the mastery approach:

The sessions are free of charge and will include an overview of the elements which contribute to mastery (the five big ideas); explain how they impact on students learning and how they are planned and delivered in the classroom. 
There will be an opportunity to see how these elements are delivered in the classroom by a lesson observation followed by a debrief and discussion of the lesson.  To complete the day we will also explain how this way of teaching can be developed and rolled out in school. 
Currently there are four fully trained secondary mastery specialists and four more who are near completion of their training in the BBO Maths Hub region and some of them will be leading the day together.

Primary Teacher Subject Knowledge

Work Groups in this project  will develop their mathematical subject knowledge in conjunction with understanding the pedagogy that underpins the teaching of it. Understanding of mathematical structures will be explored so participants gain a detailed understanding of how children learn early mathematical concepts

Who is this for? The programme is aimed at individuals or groups of individuals who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics. This may be particularly relevant for teachers new to teaching mathematics. 
Led by Nathan Crook and Rachel Walters

Bicester, Bicester Hotel Golf Spa - 9.30am - 12noon - starts 25 Feb
Newbury, Shaw House - 1.00pm - 3.30pm - starts 2 March - only 1 place still available

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The Case for Maths Journals

A new and exciting work group to understand the potential of maths journals to enhance the development of Teaching for Mastery approaches, particularly in respect of capturing mathematical thinking.​

This work Group is for all teachers, although it is particularly recommended for teachers who are current or former participants of a Teaching for Mastery Work Group and maths subject leaders. â€‹

Beechwood School, Slough - 9.30am - 12noon - starts 28 Feb
Led by Gill Knight

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Subject Leadership in a Mastery Context

This Work Group is for maths leads and early career teachers intending to develop a maths specialism.

The sessions will focus on embedding a teaching for mastery approach through building enhanced maths subject leader skills – making changes to the way in which the full range of monitoring is carried out, and understanding what specific factors to look for. Use of this information to action plan next steps for the school (CPD needs, resource purchase and management, use of textbooks/exercise books/workbooks/journals).

Holmer Green Junior School, High Wycombe - 1.30pm - 4pm - starts 19 March
Led by Tina Harvey

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Yr5-8 Continuity Work Group

Teachers from different phases will work together in this Work Group, to improve communication between Key Stages 2 and 3.
Participants in this project will take multiplicative reasoning as the focus for their work and develop a consistent approach to it through discussion, joint lesson design and delivery, observation and the development of documentation to support continuity.

If you are interested in taking part in either of these work groups, get in touch!
BBO Admin will contact your partner schools to encourage them to take part so that you can get the most out of it.

Beechwood School, Slough - 9.00am - 3.30pm - starts 27 Feb 
Horicultural House, Didcot -  9.30am  - 3.30pm - starts 30 Mar

Led by Lucy Browne and Natalie Ivey
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Primary Mastery Open Mornings

Want to find out more about mastery?
A unique opportunity to observe KS1 and KS2 mastery Mathematics lessons taught by a specialist teacher. You will then have an opportunity to discuss what you observed and ask questions of our Primary Mastery Leads.

Witney Community Primary School - 25 March - 9.30am - 11.30am - KS1 & KS2
Longford Park Primary School, Banbury - 26 March - 9.00am - 11.00am 
Holmer Green Junior School, High Wycombe - 1 April - 10.30am - 12.30am - Upper KS2

Further dates and venues will follow.
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All our work groups are free

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Please see attachments for a variety of BBO Maths Hub Projects for 2019 - 2020.


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