Complete Mathematics – Summer Term 2015

Sunday, 12 April 2015

What a year it has been so far.  With thousands of teachers getting involved in Complete Mathematics through our ‘Research Schools’ project, the National Mathematics Teacher Conferences and our regional CPD roadshows, ITE and TeachFirst students learning their craft with the support of collaborating teachers, and those schools that have adopted the system in school to help raise standards in maths, we have been amazed at the way the community has engaged with La Salle.

 

Summer term is now kicking off and we are determined that Complete Mathematics will continue to grow and reflect the views of our community of thousands of teachers.  Over the last few months, teachers have been telling us what will really help them in the summer term.  We have a standing joke in the La Salle office: Complete Mathematics, it will never be complete!  You see, Complete Mathematics is not like other systems – it has always been our intention for the project to grow and grow and grow, reflecting the real needs of those actually teaching in classrooms day-to-day.

 

So we are proud to announce that during this next half term, we will add the following new features to Complete Mathematics:

 

1.     Core Maths

With the school leaving age now increasing and all students expected to continue with the study of mathematics up to the age of 18, many schools and colleges will be faced with the enormous challenge of creating a new programme of study for those students not following an A Level course.  For many, this will mean putting together a pathway and resources for the new Core Maths course.  Thousands of teachers will be faced with the same problem of creating a robust structure and scheme of work.  That’s why La Salle will add Core Maths into Complete Mathematics at the end of May.  This will give schools access to a fully resourced scheme (and assessments for tracking!), which can be deployed to their students.  Of course, being in Complete Mathematics, the course will not just be a scheme of work and some content – as with all other areas, Core Maths will be fully supported with pedagogical notes, misconceptions, exemplar questions and a host of other support materials.  Given that many schools and colleges will be faced with the challenge of delivering Core Maths without additional specialist staffing, we hope that these support materials will enable all teachers to deliver the highest quality lessons for those post-16 students taking up the course.

2.     New GCSE Mathematics Courses

We have already put together a comprehensive scheme for the new key stage 4 national curriculum (you can use it right now in Complete Mathematics), but will now be going further to create specific schemes for AQA, Edexcel and OCR GCSE mathematics.  Rather than having to build a scheme, you will be able to simply select the level (higher or foundation) and the awarding body for an immediate, fully resourced and supported scheme of work and online learning and assessment materials.

3.     A Level Maths

Complete Mathematics already contains a fully exemplified scheme of work for KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4.  Later in the term, we’ll also be adding schemes for A Level maths.  Another great addition to the system, which will allow you to continue to use Complete Mathematics with your older students.

4.     Scheme of Work publisher

Already, hundreds of teachers have built schemes of work in Complete Mathematics, using our quick and easy SoW Builder. We’ve been so impressed by the quality of curriculum design and thought that has gone into these that we are soon introducing a SoW Publisher – this means you will be able to send your scheme to other people in your school, colleagues you have added as ‘friends’ or the entire Complete Mathematics community!

5.     Super-Customisable Lesson Planner

You have been telling us that you want even more flexibility in your lesson planner, so that is what we are working on now.  Thanks to suggestions from teachers across the country, the Super-Customisable Lesson Planner will give you all the freedom you need to chop and change, add in additional concepts, repeat topics, or simply ‘go off on one’ mid-lesson!

6.     Even more La Salle content for KS1

The primary specialist members of our team have been busying themselves with creating ever more content and support materials for KS1.  These materials are already appearing online and will continue to grow in the coming weeks.  All ‘new curriculum’ compliant of course!

7.     Community Content

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of Complete Mathematics to date has been to see the hundreds of resources and lesson notes being added by teachers across the country – particularly those ones marked ‘public’.  It never ceases to cheer us up when we see how keen teachers are to support each other.  Complete Mathematics is a very different environment to other maths education sites – everything that makes it onto the system goes through a curating and QA process, which means, unlike some sites, you can be assured that the materials you use are of the highest quality.  During the summer term, we’ll be looking out for the most interesting and effective materials added by teachers – there will be a prize for the best!

8.     MTN

If you haven’t yet heard about the Mathematics Teacher Network, summer term is the time to get involved.  Oxford University Press, AQA and La Salle Education have joined forces to bring high quality CPD to maths teachers across the country entirely for free.  See our MTN page for details.

9.     Mathsconf4

During this half term, we will be preparing for the National Mathematics Teacher Conference.  This will be the fourth conference and will take place on Saturday 20 June in Manchester.  The venue is stunning and vast – but it needs to be, the conference is open to 1000 teachers!  Our conferences have fast become the largest gatherings for maths teachers from primary and secondary schools.  If you haven’t joined an event yet, be sure to come along.  You will have the chance to collaborate and learn from teachers from across England.

 

What next?

 

So, a very busy half term on the way, but Complete Mathematics will never stop growing.  In the second half of the summer term we have even more exciting new developments to tell you about.  But, more importantly, we also want to hear from you – your feedback and suggestions are what lead to our developments.  Please do get in touch if there is something we can do for you and your school.  Help the wish list grow and influence the Complete Mathematics of tomorrow!

 

Have a great half term.  Enjoy the sunshine and warming weather.  And keep doing the most amazing job on earth: being a teacher.

Virtual mathematics environment for all SSAT schools

Thursday, 26 June 2014

A new collaboration will engage SSAT schools with Complete Mathematics, a virtual teaching and learning environment created by La Salle Education. SSAT schools will contribute to the further research and development of Complete Mathematics to ensure that the tool offers teachers of mathematics effective support. SSAT member schools that take on the use of Complete Mathematics will also have access to high-quality, subject-specific professional development delivered by La Salle Education as part of its National Mathematics Support Programme.

 

 

“With the changes in the National Curriculum and the higher expectation of pupils’ achievements in mathematics, it is vital that our member schools have access to up-to-date resources that genuinely enhance teaching and learning,” explained Anne-Marie Duguid, Head of Teaching and Learning at SSAT. “Complete Mathematics holds pedagogy at its heart and places the teacher at the core of its activity, using technology to support rather than replace their role, which we believe will help deliver excellence for our member schools.”

 

Mark McCourt, Chief Executive of La Salle Education said: “SSAT is focussed on improving the quality of teaching and learning and Complete Mathematics can be a valuable partner in achieving this. A core element of Complete Mathematics is continual assessment, giving teachers detailed information on each pupil’s progress, enabling them to develop personalised learning using the activities and tools within Complete Mathematics.”      

 

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Notes to Editors

 

La Salle Education and Complete Mathematics

La Salle Education is run by mathematics educators with the aim of supporting all mathematics teachers with high-quality resources and continuing professional development. In April 2014, La Salle Education launched Complete Mathematics, an online environment that caters for every aspect of mathematics education for the 5-16 age range. With the teacher at its core, Complete Mathematics enables all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment.  As an online tool, Complete Mathematics is updated regularly to support developments in the curriculum and teaching and learning approaches.

www.lasalle-education.com

 

SSAT

SSAT, a membership organization with more than 2,000 schools as members in England, offers schools a range of products and services designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning and to raise achievement in schools.

www.ssatuk.co.uk

 

National Mathematics Support Programme

The National Mathematics Support Programme (NMSP) is a series of seminars and conferences taking place across England to offer teachers high-quality continuing professional development (CPD). Created by La Salle Education, NMSP events are free to attend and are open to primary and secondary mathematics teachers and headteachers.

lasalle-education.com/nmsp 

National Mathematics Teacher Conference

Saturday, 24 May 2014

The National Mathematics Teacher Conference takes place on Saturday 14th June.  It is the UKs largest single day event for mathematics teachers and is entirely free to attend.

The event is organised by La Salle Education as a means of ensuring that all teachers of mathematics, across primary and secondary schools, have access to high quality professional development as we move towards a new school year that sees the introduction of a new national curriculum and the removal of the longstanding system of curriculum levels.

The event is kindly sponsored by AQA.

The day consists of a variety of talks, workshops, networking, resource sharing and a panel debate.

With over 220 delegates attending, the vast majority being current practitioners, La Salle Education and AQA are proud to host what should prove to be an exciting, interesting and enjoyable day.

 

Programme

9:30 - 10:00

Arrival and Networking / Morning Refreshmets

Maths Magic with Dr Maths

10:00 - 10:20

Welcome and Introduction

Mark McCourt, Chief Executive, La Salle Education

10:20 - 10:30 Welcome from the Event Sponsor, AQA
10:30 - 11:00 Keynote Speaker, Dr Vanessa Pittard, Assistant Director, Curriculum and Standards, Department for Education
11:00 - 12:00

Morning Workshop

A: The New GCSE - Andrew Taylor

B: Images, Language, Symbols, Concrete - Mark McCourt

C: The New Mathematics Curriculum in Primary Schools

D: Why do we Teach Maths? - Richard Perring

12:00 - 12:30 The Idea Exchange
12:30 - 13:00

Lunch and Networking

Magic with Dr Maths

13:00 - 14:00

Afternoon Workshop 1

E: Assessing without Levels - David Thomas and Alan Gothard

F: Leading an Outstanding Maths Department - James Gatrell

G: Effective Use of Diagnostic Questions - Craig Barton

H: Developing a Framework for Fluency - David Cook and Rachel Rayner

I: Taking Maths Beyond the Classroom - Steve Humble

14:00 - 15:00

Afternoon Workshop 2

J: Blindingly Obvious... - Bruno Reddy

K: Making Sense of the New Curriculum - Tony Gardiner

L: Outstanding Maths Lessons Using Web - Douglas Butler

M: An Outline of PBL - Julia Smith

N: The Next Questions in Maths - Luke Graham

15:00 - 15:30

QuestionTime

The panel will take questions from the audience and debate current issues.

The Panel includes:

Lynn Churchman

Tony Gardiner

Andrew Smith

Craig Barton

15:30 - 15:40 Closing Remarks
15:40 - 16:00 Networking and Farewells

 

National Mathematics Support Programme

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

La Salle Education is proud to announce the launch of the National Mathematics Support Programme (NMSP).

With the upcoming changes to the new national curriculum and the removal of national curriculum levels, the NMSP is a nationwide series of support seminars aimed at helping primary and secondary schools to prepare for the new school year.

NMSP events are taking place in 9 locations across England, with the vast majority of schools being within 60 miles of an event.

Events are entirely free to attend.

Places at events are limited - please use our online booking to sign up.

 

Regional Seminars to Support the New Mathematics Curriculum in Primary and Secondary Schools

The National Mathematics Support Programme is a series of seminars taking place across England to help ensure that all teachers of mathematics have access to the information they need in order to prepare for the introduction of the new national curriculum and the removal of the system of NC Levels.

At a time of unprecedented change, it is important that all schools have access to high quality CPD and information.  At this seminar we will address three key issues facing mathematics teachers:

  • The New National Curriculum - What is different and what practical steps can schools take to successfully prepare for and implement the changes.
  • Assessment without Levels - What frameworks can be used to assess pupils' progress and how do teachers accurately measure understanding and mastery.
  • Outstanding Lessons - What practical steps can we take in our classrooms to ensure pupils make outstanding progress and have a thorough understanding of mathematics from which to build upon.

 

NMSP events are FREE to attend and open to mathematics co-ordinators and Headteachers in primary schools, heads of mathematics and senior leaders in secondary schools.  Local Authority advisors may also attend. 

 

Primary Events

Venue

Date

Booking

Plymouth

25th June

Book Online

Bristol

26th June

Book Online

Birmingham

FULL

FULL

Cambridge

FULL

FULL

Lincoln

FULL

FULL

Middlesbrough

FULL

FULL

Lancaster

FULL

FULL

Crawley

FULL

FULL

Hull

2nd July

Book Online

Derby / Nottingham

9th July

Book Online

Secondary Events

Venue

Date

Booking

Plymouth

25th June

Book Online

Bristol

26th June

Book Online

Birmingham

FULL

FULL

Cambridge

FULL

FULL

Lincoln

FULL

FULL

Middlesbrough

FULL

FULL

Lancaster

FULL

FULL

Crawley

27th June

Book Online

Hull

2nd July

Book Online

Derby / Nottingham

9th July

Book Online

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