Towards the end of the summer term I created an on-line survey for teachers to complete about confidence in teaching mathematics and CPD needs. Anonymity went hand in hand with honesty. A range of topics emerged from analysis; the usual fractions, decimals and percentages to developing mental maths skills.
Over the summer I thought about how best to address the variety of needs. Specific CPD was difficult to find from external agencies and expensive. So I made up a timetable where I would deliver monthly CPD sessions myself. I researched them, used ideas from courses and resources from the NCETM website that I adapted.
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The topics that appeared most were covered in the autumn term. To begin with I wasn’t sure if anyone would sign up for a session on a Monday after school. Six teachers did, some of whom had negative experiences of learning maths as children. They participated in all of the activities and have continued to come each month.
Other maths subject leaders express surprise at this. “Why would anyone choose to attend when it’s not compulsory?” they asked me. Because they want to is my answer. They know I will support them and enthusiasm is contagious.
@keran77 Primary Teacher and Maths Subject Leader – East Midlands