Maths in Context: making mathematics relevant to real life

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) runs the Maths in Context programme, which involves training teachers of mathematics to use real-world contexts when teaching.

The aim of the project is to make mathematics more accessible, engaging and relevant to real life, whilst also preparing students for the types of questions they might face in exams, and improving their financial education.

130 secondary schools in England will be recruited to take part in research, which will look into the success of the programme. 65 schools will be randomly allocated to receive training and resources, and the other 65 schools will be a control group. The aim is to determine whether the project results in improvements in students’ ability to answer questions with financial contexts compared to those in the control group.

Schools in the treatment arm will send a lead teacher to receive one day of external training. The training day outlines the pedagogical approach to teaching mathematics in context, and will provide a set of lesson plans focused on a number of specific mathematics areas. These lead teachers will then be supported within their own schools to deliver and embed the lesson plans as part of their mathematics programme of study.

If your school would like to get involved, the EEF is currently recruiting schools to take part in the research.

The deadline to sign up is 31 July 2017.

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