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This year, Maths Hubs will again provide support for the effective development of pedagogy in the teaching of A level Mathematics to enhance the quality of teaching and the conceptual understanding of students. This will be done by a series of work group meetings being held across all areas of the country, including the West Midlands region.

The aim is to develop and sustain regional communities of practice involving collaboration between teachers. The focus is on developing pedagogy in A level Mathematics teaching, and developing participants as leaders of A level teaching professional development in their own school or college. The project is aimed at schools/colleges/departments that want to develop one or more aspects of their A level pedagogy, including the use of technology. It would be suitable for existing leaders of A level teaching or experienced teachers of A level Mathematics who wish to lead the development of pedagogy in A level teaching with other colleagues in their own or other schools/colleges. Teachers who will find this Work Group particularly useful include those who have already completed other A level subject knowledge and pedagogy courses (or similar), and who are able to work with other colleagues in their own or other schools/colleges.

Within the West Midlands region, the Central Maths Hub will be starting their group with some online meetings, the first being on Tuesday 1 December 2020. If possible, the meetings might move to become face-to-face later in the year. The SHaW Hub have a group starting on Monday 7 December 2020, with four dates across the year. These meetings will be online. The Origin Hub also have a group currently recruiting, as do North Mids Hub with two groups available, both starting online. One started on Monday 9 November 2020, and the other will begin on Monday 7 December 2020. The GLOW Hub have a group starting on Tuesday 24 November 2020 with online twilights, which is also now recruiting. Any of the above links will take you to the registration forms to join the groups. All Work Groups are currently recruiting teachers, and the Hubs are looking forward to developing the collaboration side of these meetings.

By Jill Machin

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