Teaching GCSE Maths within FE

Developing effective learner engagement strategies

This one-day workshop provides a wide range of ideas, approaches and strategies to help those teaching GCSE mathematics make their delivery more interesting, relevant and effective.

All Further Education providers are required to help their learners improve their skills and abilities in maths. For many this will involve gaining or improving their mathematics GCSE grades and achieving a foundation tier grade C or better.

Those learners that missed grade C during secondary education are likely to be disengaged from Mathematics. Further Education providers need to think carefully about how they will engage and motivate these learners to study can be a very academic subject. This will necessitate developing more innovative approaches to the teaching and training of maths, ones which make the learning fun, motivational and most importantly of all effective.

For Whom
This workshop is for teachers, trainers, tutors and learning support staff working within Further Education who are looking for effective ways to teach GCSE mathematics.

This workshop is also likely to be benefit to those teaching GCSE mathematics within secondary education, especially those who have an interest in exploring more innovative approaches to the teaching of mathematics.

Aims and Objectives
This one-day workshop explores the Learner Engagement Strategies that have proved effective within GCSE Mathematics delivery. Participants improve their knowledge and understanding of

  • The effective use of mathematics starter activities
  • The importance of and how to achieve active learning and engaged learners
  • Strategies that facilitate improve active learning and learner engagement
  • A range of active and effective learning activities and resources that support GCSE Mathematics sessions

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1. An overview of Mathematic in FE

  • Assessment and the learner journey
  • The differences between Foundation and Higher tier Mathematics
  • Supporting learners with Functional Skills Maths to progress to GCSE Mathematics
  • Revisiting the Malcolm Swann effective Principles for teaching Mathematics
  • The Professional standards

2. Common Misconceptions in Mathematics

  • Sharing strategies to develop these skills with learners
  • Reviewing GCSE questions

3. Active Learning and engagement in Mathematics

  • What is active learning and how can we us it to engage GCSE maths Learners
  • How can we effective use of maths starters
  • Sharing, extending and differentiating

4. GCSE Mathematics skills development
A carousel of activities within an overall focus of:

  • Evaluating the activities with a focus on skill development and learner engagement
  • Sharing differentiation ideas
  • Ways to use and adapt the resources when working with learners

5. Sampling some activities from the main topic areas of GCSE Maths

  • Handling Data
  • Numbers
  • Space
  • Algebra

6. Working together to develop engaging activities to support GCSE Maths Learners

  • Focus on working with peers to create resources
  • Sharing of good activities and resources]
  • Maths top tips

7. Self-reflection and personal development action planning

  • Sharing good practice beyond this session
  • Next steps and Close