The NCETM, in conjunction with the Maths Hubs programme, has begun work with researchers at Oxford University on a project funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) centred on developing mathematical reasoning in Year 2 pupils.
During the project, in the school year 2016/17, pupils in 80 schools will receive 12 weekly, one-hour instruction sessions, led by a teacher and using online resources. Outside lesson time, the pupils will have the opportunity to play online games linked to the resources and designed to build on the reasoning skills developed in the classroom sessions.
After the 12 weeks, the pupils will be tested and results compared against a control group of 80 schools not receiving the lessons.
This is the second phase of the project. In the first phase, the resources were tested, with successful outcomes, in a smaller number of schools, and with direct involvement from the academics who developed them, Professor Terezinha Nunes and Professor Peter Bryant at the University of Oxford’s Education Department.
The NCETM, working with eight Maths Hubs and the Oxford academics, will coordinate the training of the classroom teachers in the 80 intervention schools.
The project marks the first time that the NCETM and the Maths Hubs programme network have collaborated with the Education Endowment Foundation, an independent grant-making charity.
The application process for schools interested in participating in this project will be announced in February.