Here is a summary of the work to date for the Raising Achievement Group:
England China Research Innovation Project
Natalie Alty, Deputy Head Newick Primary School and Geraldine Machin, St Richard’s Catholic College visited China for two weeks in September 2014 looking at maths pedagogy. Natalie then hosted the Shanghai teachers at Newick where the teachers observed lessons and provided feedback. Since then teachers at Newick have put together resources for their schemes of work which reflect the Shanghai approach. Natalie has delivered a 3 hour workshop alongside East Sussex Maths Consultants to 32 schools looking at how to address misconceptions in ‘zero’, ‘equality’ and Fractions, Decimals, Ratio and Percentages. Newick have emphasised how this change in teaching approach has had a significant impact of their pupil’s understanding of maths. They are now looking to progress this project further by working more closely with the Singapore Textbook project.
Use of high quality textbooks (linked to Singapore) to support teacher professional development and deep conceptual and procedural knowledge for pupils
Claire Rivers, Head at St Mark’s CEP and Pat Coleman, Head at Nutley Primary schools are leading this project. St Mark’s Primary, Hadlow Down and Nutley Primary, Uckfield.
This project is focussing on Year 1 classes by developing mastery, with whole class teaching, quick intervention, the development of depth and keeping the class working together. The project is adaptable in planning in order to follow the sequence of learning in the textbooks, with some flexibility to the order the topics are taught. There is a high focus on collaborative work to share planning and reflection. They have attended a five day training event and spoke extremely highly of the training they received. The text book they are using is Inspire Maths and they have started using the book with their classes. The focus here is developing the questioning that accompanies the work completed from the text book. They are reporting a significant impact with their pupils.