“I like the structure. Everyone has the opportunity to contribute and there was plenty of very constructive discussion”
(feedback from a teacher who attended in 2020/21)
Work Group Outline
Teachers in this Work Group will explore effective ways of delivering key content to students of Post-16 GCSE resit and to those struggling with Foundation level GCSE. Participants will, through collaboration and experimentation, deepen their own knowledge and understanding of the key topics to focus on, whilst developing effective teaching approaches that best support the foundation level student who is aiming to move from a Level 3 to a Level 4 or above.
We will look at strategies to enhance achievement and engagement for post-16 GCSE students by setting problems in real life type contexts. We will address ways to motivate students, including through the use of language in the classroom, with a particular focus on supporting the Teacher Assessed student.
Participants’ departments will, through shared good practice, become more effective at teaching GCSE resit and foundation level GCSE.
Who can apply?
- Teachers of Post 16 GCSE resit in Mathematics in Further Education Colleges and Sixth Forms
- Teachers of students struggling with Foundation level GCSE.
It is ideally suited to two participants from each Institution, so that teachers can use aspects of a lesson study approach to developing their teaching.
Participants must be able to commit to 4 half-day blended workshops (mixture of online and face to face) from November 2021 to March 2022.
Between Work Groups, teachers will be required to experiment with teaching using ideas and materials discussed in the sessions, to observe each other teaching (if possible) and to feedback and review this experience at the next workshop.
Participants and their departments will:
- improve their awareness of the key concepts and topics required to achieve a Level 4 at GCSE
- develop teaching and learning approaches to promote engagement and mathematical resilience of students
- discuss effective strategies to deliver a ‘blended learning’ curriculum
- address common misconceptions and how to iron them out
- increase their awareness of appropriate pedagogies to help students make connections and deepen understanding
- share approaches to planning with the Work Group and with departmental colleagues
- work towards increased localised support and collaboration between 11-16 schools, FE colleges, sixth form colleges and 11-18 schools.
What is the cost?
The Supporting Post-16 GCSE Resit Work Group is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools/colleges.
Expression of Interest form below for 2022-2023 :
As the Work Group has already started, to express an interest in attending the Supporting Post 16 GCSE Resit and GCSE Foundation Students Work Group in 2022-2023, please complete the form below: