Nuffield mathematics project opportunity for schools in London Boroughs

The UCL Institute of Education has been awarded funding from the Nuffield Foundation to research professional development models for secondary teachers that aim to improve student learning at key stage 3 through student and teacher use of technology-integrated curricula, 'Cornerstone Maths'. (see www.cornerstonemaths.co.uk) 

Cornerstone Maths comprises a set of technology-enhanced curriculum units focused on crucial ‘big mathematical ideas’ accessible for students aged 11- 14 years, which has been thoroughly tested and evaluated very positively both in the US and in England. The Li Ka Shing Foundation funded the previous phases of the project to work out how this approach could be scaled up to benefit a larger number of schools. 

We have funded places for pairs of teachers from London schools - the participating teachers will be expected to:

  • Attend the CPD workshops, which will be held in six locations across London - in partnership with the London Maths Hubs. This will include optional webinar meetings. The first PD events begin in mid-June 2015.
  • Teach each of the three curriculum units to at least one key stage 3 class as appropriate during the 2014-5 and 2015-16 school years.
  • Provide feedback to the project research team via online surveys and optional webinar meetings.

The project is being led by myself and my colleague Professor Dame Celia Hoyles and we have both been involved in the development and evaluation of the Cornerstone Maths materials, which have been shown to impact positively on students' learning outcomes and teachers' own mathematical knowledge and teaching approaches.

We hope to build a vibrant project community of mathematics teachers in the Maths Hub who are keen to develop their own knowledge and practice with technology in key stage 3 mathematics, whilst also enabling students to achieve mastery of the 'hard to teach' topics at key stage 3.

Complete the online form at http://www.cornerstonemaths.co.uk/get-involved/ to receive more details about the project and information on how to register your school to take part.

In addition, we are holding taster/info events duirng May 2015 where you can find out about the project - both face to face and by webinar (an online meeting you can join from anywhere with an internet connection) - full details are at: http://csmaths.eventbrite.co.uk 

Please contact me (a.clark-wilson@ioe.ac.uk) if you aave any questions or would like to discuss the project in more detail.


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