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As maths teachers ourselves, we want our students to enjoy mathematics as an intellectual experience and to value the cognitive skills they develop by studying it; as Atlas, we support teachers so that this is their students’ experience of – and, as adults, their memory of – learning maths at school and college. The maths-specific CPD we offer focuses on developing students’ factual knowledge, procedural fluency and conceptual understanding; these are the bedrock of the mathematical reasoning and problem-solving strategies that young people need in order to be confident, successful and active participants in the complex and competitive world beyond and after school.

About the Mathematics Programmes

The maths-specific professional development programmes that Atlas offers have different foci, but they have much in common too: in every programme, the interactive training develops teachers’

  • subject and curriculum knowledge

  • pedagogy and classroom practice

Each training session explores in depth a core strand of the curriculum (from the relevant Key Stage(s)). In-session training is embedded through;

  • pre-training preparatory tasks and reading

  • post-training consolidation tasks and reading

  • in-class ‘gap’ tasks that the participants undertake between training

Training develops effective pedagogy, in particular

  • catalysing reasoning and forging connections

  • using concrete resources and pictorial representations to illuminate abstract mathematical thinking

  • fostering problem-solving strategies and resilience

is developed in every programme, in the context of the Key Stage that is the focus of the programme. The intended outcomes of each programme have much in common:

  • Deeper subject and curriculum knowledge

  • Richer understanding of conceptual progression

  • Enhanced classroom practice, including questioning and assessment

  • Reflective use of teaching materials and resources

  • Confident use of concrete manipulatives and contexts, and pictorial and graphical representations, to develop abstract understanding

  • Sustained and sustainable impact on student outcomes

  • Improved student confidence and enjoyment

We are currently offering four programmes for teachers:

Teacher Subject Specialism Training Programme (TSST) 

Secondary maths teachers who originally trained to teach a different subject, or who trained as a primary teacher, HLTA or similar, or overseas, or who don’t yet have QTS, but who now are teaching KS3 Maths.  

Number and Place Value

06-Nov-19

13.15-17.15

Algebra

04-Dec-19

13.15-17.15

Fraction, Decimals, Percentages

08-Jan-20

13.15-17.15

Ratio and Proportion

05-Feb-20

13.15-17.15

Geometry

18-March-20

13.15-17.15

 

Teaching Secondary Maths

Who is it for?

Secondary maths teachers (with any prior experience or training) who want to develop their subject knowledge and pedagogy practice to improve student outcomes in KS4.

Dates:

Number and Place Value

13-Nov-19

13.15-17.15

Algebra

11-Dec-19

13.15-17.15

Graphs and Functions

15-Jan-20

13.15-17.15

Multiplicative Reasoning

12-Feb-20

13.15-17.15

Geometry

25-Mar-20

13.15-17.15

K5 Maths Subject Knowledge Enhancement  

 

Who is it for?

A-level maths teachers who want to develop their subject knowledge to improve student outcomes in KS5.

 

Dates:

 

Algebra and Polynomials

20-Nov-19

13.15-17.15

Numbers and Functions

18-Dec-19

13.15-17.15

Calculus and Graphs

22-Jan-20

13.15-17.15

Calculus and Modelling

26-Feb-20

13.15-17.15

Geometry and Modelling

1-Apr-20

13.15-17.15

 

“Maths in the middle school”: improving KS2-3 progression

Who is it for?

Primary or secondary maths teachers who want to improve their students’ progress in, and enjoyment of, maths from KS2 to KS3, by first developing their own knowledge of best practice teaching of the “Year 5 to Year 8” maths curriculum.

Primary participants will have the opportunity to teach a lesson to a secondary class, and vice versa.

Dates:

“The Wasted Years”: analysing what goes wrong between KS2 and KS3

22-Apr-20

13.15-17.15

“Bridge over troubled water”: planning and teaching cross-phase lessons

17-Jun-20

13.15-17.15

“Best foot forward”: preparing an action plan, drawing on research-informed guidance from the Education Endowment Foundation.

1-July-20

13.15-17.15

 

 GCSE-Preparation programmes for students: Cloud 9 and Super 7

We also offer two GCSE-preparation programmes for students: Cloud 9 and Super 7.

Who is it for?

  • Cloud 9, for students targeted grade 8 or 9 who enter Year 11 working at grade 7

  • Super 7, for students targeted grade 7 who enter Year 11 working at grade 5

Overview

Each session focuses in depth on an area of the GCSE specification key for success at the highest grades. Content is revised and then exam questions are tackled. Teacher modelling is followed by supported student practice. This is also a CPD opportunity for the teachers accompanying their students, as they get to observe and participate in best practice teaching of exam techniques and revision strategies for the ‘hardest’ grade 7-9 topics.

 

Programme Outcomes:

  • Improved knowledge, fluency and understanding

  • Improved reasoning and problem-solving skills

  • Improved self-esteem, confidence and ambition

  • Improved GCSE attainment and progress

  • Improved classroom practice and subject knowledge of accompanying teacher(s), and via them their colleagues

 

Dates:

  • 17-Oct-19 (0900-1500)

  • 7-Nov-19 (0900-1300)

  • 5-Dec-19 (0900-1300)

  • 1-Feb-20 (0900-1300)

  • 14-Mar-20 (0900-1300)

  • 2-May-20 (0900-1300)

  • 29-May-20 (0900-1300)