This unique course offers KS2 Maths leads the distilled research, development and experience of a £450K Strategic School Improvement Funding project to close gender gaps in Maths in KS2, presented by the lead training designer himself. The 2-year project involved 28 disparate schools, hundreds of Maths teachers and, in terms of measurable outcomes, is the most successful intervention of its kind.
The results speak for themselves: in a total cohort of 1000+ pupils, in Year 5/6, the gap between boys and girls in ‘attempted answers’ fell from -2.4% in Autumn 2017 to -0.1% in Spring 2019. Download the full analysis from bit.ly/SSIFanalysis.
All strategies have been designed to be immediately applicable to a variety of schools and have demonstrated their positive impact on a broad range of pupils, including PPG, SEND and EAL.
The history and context of the Strategic School Improvement Fund Maths project
The rationales and the evidence behind the selected approaches
Understanding and running effective activities in the Maths lesson
Unique evidence for a cultural shift in the perception of Maths
Rapid recall & effective revision (e.g. number bonds, times tables, vocabulary)
The role of direct instruction and modelling in small steps
Using activities as guided practice with intense scaffolding
Ending toxic emotions around Maths and building confidence in having a mathematical brain
Embedding metacognition in a mathematical context
Building Maths mindsets – resilience and creativity in the face of challenge
Applied subject vocabulary
Higher-order thinking, sharing, explaining and negotiating