Primary focus for 2021/22: A level pedagogy to support Covid recovery
This project provides national support for the effective development of pedagogy in the teaching of A level Mathematics to support Covid recovery, to enhance the quality of teaching and the conceptual understanding of students, and the development of participants as leaders of A level teaching professional development in their own school or college. It aims to develop and sustain local communities of practice involving collaboration between teachers in developing pedagogy in their teaching of A level Maths.
What is involved?
The content of the Work Group sessions will be influenced by the needs of the participants. For more detail please click on the ‘more information’ section at the bottom of the page.
What are the benefits?
Participants and their departments will:
- be better able to prepare lessons that meet the requirements of the A level (including the overarching themes and the use of technology) and support Covid recovery
- support colleagues in their own school/college in embedding themes from the Work Group
- be confident to teach aspects of the content (particularly mechanics and statistics)
- understand related pedagogical approaches to support Covid recovery
The Wider Context
There is a range of currently available maths teacher professional development around subject knowledge and pedagogy for new teachers of A level Maths via the AMSP, but no extended professional development for experienced teachers or leaders of A level Maths teaching around the overarching themes, technology or other aspects of pedagogy of the A level Maths specification. There is a strong focus on pedagogy through the overarching themes of the linear A level Maths specification, with changes to pedagogy in statistics teaching, assessment and expectations in the use of technology.
Expectations of participants and their schools
Schools/colleges must be able to commit to the full academic year’s programme (see below) including classroom and school-based activity. Participants must also be supported by their school/college leadership to explore outcomes from the project with other colleagues in their department.
The impact of the pandemic from March 2020 to date in terms of school closures and variable access to remote teaching requires a strong focus on high quality teaching in the Covid recovery period.