Maths at the Transition
The Plymouth Maths at the Transition programme is designed for maths leads to engage with the best available evidence from the EEF, work with maths experts in Plymouth and engage in cross-phase collaboration to improve pupils’ transition experience in maths.
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The Plymouth Maths at the Transition programme is designed for maths leads to engage with the best available evidence from the EEF, work with maths experts in Plymouth and engage in cross-phase collaboration to improve pupils’ transition experience in maths. The training is aimed at primary and secondary Maths Leads 
 
The intention is to create a collaborative forum where primary and secondary schools can work together to improve pupils’ transition experience in maths.  This is not about rewriting the whole curriculum – it is about making small, evidence-informed improvements over time.


PROGRAMME AIMS

Studies have shown a dip in attainment coinciding with school transitions, with slippage in literacy and numeracy being especially well evidenced. Reasons cited include:

  • lack of curriculum continuity;
  • difficulties adapting to academic challenges;
  • lack of familiarity with school systems, routines and new expectations; and,
  • issues with developing healthy peer networks.

While we do not intend to tackle all of these issues, this FREE programme helps maths leads engage with the best available evidence from the EEF, work with maths experts in Plymouth and engage in cross- phase collaboration to improve pupils' transition experience in maths. In particular, we aim to support primary and secondary schools to focus on continuity in pedagogy and curriculum.


How will the programme be delivered?

The course is led by Debbie Weible, (Evidence Lead in Education for primary maths, Devon maths hub lead for CODE maths hub and lead maths PD across the region) and Sandra Westlake (Evidence Lead in Education for secondary maths, expert teacher for the Mathematics Enhancement Project, and Head of Mathematics at Dartmouth Academy). Jon Eaton, Director of Kingsbridge Research School, will support maths leads with implementation. In addition, participants will engage in Work Groups led by the maths hub.


The programme structure:
 

Phase 1

The programme front-loads the evidence through 4 online sessions delivered by Sandra and Debbie. Jon will introduce the 'Explore' phase of the implementation process and ensure the outcome is clear: to produce an evidence-informed transition implementation plan that focuses on improved transition through common pedagogy and curriculum continuity.The evidence in this phase is drawn directly from the Education Endowment Foundation's maths guidance report.

Phase 2

Following the EEF evidence phase, participants join one of six Work Groups. This is to facilitate cross-phase collaboration. Each Work Group will meet for four face-to-face sessions. These Work Groups will be facilitated by experts from the Maths Hub. The Work Groups are not about delivering additional content! The purpose of the first two sessions is to facilitate a cross-phase review of current curriculum and pedagogy and to design a manageable and focused implementation plan ready for September. The second two sessions support the Deliver and Sustain phase of implementation from September, again supporting an improved transition experience through collaboration.

Our intention is to create a collaborative forum where primary and secondary schools can work together to improve pupils' transition experience in maths. This is not about rewriting the whole curriculum - it is about making small, evidence-informed improvements over time.


Dates & Sign UP

Pre-programme information session: 15th Feb 16:00 - 16:30

The EEF evidence sessions - note that these are all online via Zoom:

  • Session 1: 9th March 2022 9:00 - 11:00 
    (If you missed any part of the session or would like to review it, please click here to view the recording.  The resources can be found on the Padlet)
     
  • Session 2: 23rd March 2022 15:45 - 17:00
    (If you missed any part of the session or would like to review it, please click here to view the recording.  The resources can be found on the Padlet)

  • Session 3: 7th April 2022 14:00 - 16:00
    (If you missed any part of the session or would like to review it, please click here to view the recording.  The resources can be found on the Padlet)

    Reminder : GAP task
    A quick reminder that before the next session (Session 4) we would like you to use the audit tool (on Day one of the Padlet), and RAG rate for recommendations 3 and 5.

    The final session of the training will take place on Wednesday 4 May from 3.45 pm. Please register in advance for this meeting:
    https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0udeuhrj0iH9b-tjRK9FuTjoHD8kiCO6RY. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. (This email is automatically generated by Zoom and can sometimes end up in your Junk folder).

  • Session 4: 4th May 2022 15:45 - 17:00.
    (If you missed any part of the session or would like to review it, please click here to view the recording.  The resources can be found on the Padlet)

These sessions will be recorded and made available to participating schools.

The Work Groups will be face-to-face wherever possible, but there will be some flexibility around dates to enable schools to attend.

  • Work Group 1 ('Explore' and 'Prepare') will take place in June
  • Work Group 2 ('Prepare') in July - 1/2 day
  • Work Group 3 ('Deliver') will take place in Sept - 1/2 day
  • Work Group 4 ('Sustain') in Oct - 1/2 day


Is the programme supported by inter-session tasks?

Yes, the programme will include gap tasks between sessions. During phase 1, participants will use the relevant EEF RAG tool to identify priorities for change. We intend to use additional reading and video resources for further exploration of curriculum, pedagogy, and transition issues.


How will we support implementation?

Implementation training will be integrated into the programme structure above. We also support this through pre-recorded, inter-session videos that participants can access at any time (i.e., a focused video on each stage of the implementation process). This programme is fully funded by Plymouth City Council and is FREE to schools


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