Closing the attainment gap in maths
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The report (here) has a very useful executive summary with sections that include: an overview Primary schools that are closing the maths attainment gap Early years settings in England that are closing the maths attainment gap Putting it into practice Recommendations … Read More

Teacher Workload
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Materials from the full recommendations from the 3 independent review groups are available: For poster see here.  For pamphlet here.  For full recommendations here. For more on assessment an marking see here.

Marking and Feedback Guidance (October 2016 and onward)
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Update April 2017: Sean Hartford emphasises, again, what OfSTED really looks at. Update February 2017: Materials from the full recommendations from the 3 independent review groups are available: For poster see here.  For pamphlet here.  For full recommendations here. NCETM has recently … Read More

OfSTED Reports on Mathematics
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Although produced a while back both these reports contain useful information for specialist and non-specialist teachers of mathematics at all levels. The full reports of 2008 and 2012 contain examples of ‘weaker factors’ with remedies, ‘how it might be improved’, and … Read More

ACME Conference reports
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Click below for direct links to: Conference information Report: A framework of core content for ITT Report: Developing behaviour management content for ITT Report: National Standards for school-based ITT mentors Report: Standard for teachers’ professional development

Problem Solving in mathematics: realising the vision through better assessment 
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Basically an 8 page report (June 2016) building on ACME’s work in this area since 2010. The ACME report on assessment of problem solving: • considers the assessment of problem solving in public tests and examinations across all key stages … Read More

PISA: Equations and Inequalities
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This report based on PISA 2012 results looks at how pupils might improve their ability to think quantitatively and solve real-life, complex problems. It shows that one way forward is to ensure that all students spend more “engaged” time learning core mathematics … Read More

KS1, 2 Test Exemplification
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Published early February 2016, updated in March 2016, contains helpful guidance of ‘working at the expected standard’. Collect KS1 from here. Collect KS2 from here. See debate on this from 7Maths7’s blog: The End of Reasoning? Further National Curriculum 2016 sample assessment materials here. … Read More

Ofqual Test Update
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On 10 February 2016 Ofqual published an Update on the National Reference Test giving 4 examples for mathematics (part of one is shown above). To read the blog go here.

Low-Performing Students
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Data taken from PISA reports shows that more than 20% of UK students fall into this category. Read the Full Report, PowerPoint highlights or view the wonderful Infographic where you can quickly see solutions that may be appropriate.

Beginning Teaching: Best in Class?
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Essential reading for all those involved in primary ITE and for those involved in secondary and FE mathematics ITE. Beginning Teaching: Best in Class? report of 13 November 2015 produced by Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME). By looking at the ITE of … Read More

Carter Review of ITT
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Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training of 19 January 2015. Report from Sir Andrew Carter, chair of the independent review of the quality and effectiveness of initial teacher training (ITT) courses. The report sets out how the ITT system is … Read More

Students Computers and Learning
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Based on results from PISA 2012, the report discusses differences in access to and use of ICT – what are collectively known as the “digital divide” – that are related to students’ socio-economic status, gender, geographic location, and the school … Read More

Fluency Without Fear
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Excellent primary resources included from page 11 onwards. Article by Jo Boaler, Stanford, Jan ’15 update. Click here for Fluency without Fear article at Youcubed. Resources are called How Close to 100? Peperoni Pizza Snap It How Many Are Hiding Shut the … Read More

Making Maths and English Work for All
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Education and Training Foundation, March 2015   Click Here for the report. Employers are increasingly valuing Functional skills since they like the mix of applied skills, flexible assessment and problem solving. They help especially where people do not have good passes … Read More