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Teaching Maths Peter Tymms

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Teaching MathsPeter Tymms

www.cemcentre.org

- Changing education
- How is maths taught?
- How does this compare to English
- How does it compare to maths 20 years ago?
- How do processes relate to attitudes and attainment?
- Lessons for the classroom?

- We call it “assessment” now
- KS3 test dropped
- but 85% of schools requested the test materials

- O level & CSE GCSE, which is evolving
- Course work controlled assessment
- iGCSE

- Diploma
- A level AS & A2 & BTEC & IB and entrance tests

“Learning, alas will someday be smothered by … examination, competition, the calculation and publication of results.”

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- Dissatisfaction with the old system
- Forgetting the lessons of history
- Evolving culture
- New evidence and new theories
- New technology
- New politicians

- Primary schools
- Hundreds of millions £
- Impact on reading
- Tiny

- Impact on maths
- Modest

- Secondary
- GCSE: more passes and higher grades

- Massive efforts to raise standards
- More students staying on
- More gaining qualifications
- Levels of basic skills have remained fairly constant
- Higher grades are easier to obtain

- Looked across all subjects to find a process:
- Used little
- Positively related to value-added
- Positively related to attitudes

- We found one
Presenting your work to the class

- Several A level courses
- Over 6 weeks
- Some weeks used, some not
- Statements rated lessons every week

- With more student presentations lessons were:
- More stimulating
- More Involving
- More enjoyable
- Easier
- More relaxing

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