Secondary Schools needed for reasoning project

Secondary schools in five areas of England are being sought to take part in a trial of mathematical reasoning materials for Key Stage 3 pupils.

The trial, funded by the Educational Endowment Foundation (EEF), is of materials developed by the ICCAMS (Increasing Competence and Confidence in Algebra and Multiplicative Structures) project, which investigates ways of raising students’ attainment and engagement by using formative assessment to inform teaching and learning of mathematics in secondary school.

Working in collaboration with the universities of Nottingham, Durham and Manchester, and through the NCETM and the Maths Hubs programme, ICCAMS will is seeking a total of 110 schools in five broad areas (collaborating Maths Hubs in brackets). These are:

  • East Midlands (East Midlands East and East Midlands South)
  • London (London South East and London Thames)
  • North and East Yorkshire (Yorkshire Ridings)
  • South West: Hampshire to Devon (Jurassic and Solent)
  • East Anglia (Norfolk and Suffolk and Cambridge).

ICCAMS is now looking for secondary schools in these areas interested in taking part in a randomised controlled trial which aims to find out how effective the ICCAMS Maths intervention is at raising pupils’ maths attainment. Schools that sign up to the project will be randomly allocated to get either the ICCAMS intervention or to serve as a comparison group for the research project.

Here is a brief flavour of the maths involved in the project.

Recruitment and participation

The project will start in September 2016.

  • for schools receiving the ICCAMS Maths programme, the programme will be funded between September 2016 and July 2018
  • for schools in the comparison group, £1 500 will be provided to support testing and data collection.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Please register your interest as soon as possible using the contact details below. You will be sent further information about the project and details of events in your area. The ICCAMS project website also has more information.

Email Clare Collyer, Administrator, or telephone 0191 334 4682.