WHAT IS A WORK GROUP?

 

We offer fully-funded professional development opportunities from Early Years through to Post-16. Find out more about our Work Groups below.

A Work Group is:

  • Comprised of a group of schools who work on something together, normally over the large part of a school year, typically with one or two teachers from each school acting as lead participants
  • Led by a teacher or former teacher, expert both in the area of maths education in question and in leading teacher professional development
  • Normally part of a national collaborative project, which supports the Work Group Leads and seeks to ensure lessons are learned from around the country.
Schools in every Work Group:

  • Work towards outcomes linked to teachers’ professional learning, their practice development, the learning of the pupils they teach, and new approaches and policies in maths teaching across their school or department
  • Maintain a focus on the classroom, often planning, observing and refining lessons together
  • Evaluate the outcomes of the Work Group’s activity, with collated findings being fed into the national picture and used to inform future work.

In some Teaching for Mastery projects, the Work Group has previously also been referred to as a Teacher Research Group (TRG). The characteristics of a TRG are exactly the same as a Work Group.

As in previous years, schools and teachers can choose from several types of project. They all have a focus on collaborative, evidence-based professional development.

A detailed action plan is in place for each project which we are running. These can be found by following the link for each project on the relevant page.

How do I get involved?

We recruit by advertising our offer through our mailing list and on our website. We will also target some Work Groups at a selection of schools depending on local or national priorities. To find out more and to express an interest click on a phase below.

Early Years & Primary

This year we have a wide range of projects on offer for the primary phase.

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Secondary

We have a range of collaborative projects that will be of interest to those involved
in secondary mathematics.

Post-16

Providing support to develop teaching and learning for post-16 students.

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