A range of expert partners have come together to support this exciting programme, each with different expertise and work they will be developing.
The consortium delivering this work includes:
- University of Nottingham: leading on the evidence base for our work and delivering a range of trials across the sector from September 2019. They will be working directly with the Centres to support wider research and trials. They will continue to build on their extensive world-renowned maths research base to advise the sector on what may be most effective.
- Behavioural Insights Team (BIT): supporting colleges and wider partners to understand the underlying motivational challenges faced by students studying up to level 2 at post-16. They will be expanding on previous work and research they have carried out in this area and will work with the Centres to understand what more can be done to motivate learners at this challenging time.
- Association of Colleges (AoC): supporting networking and impact across the sector, including a range of national forums and methodology specific networks. As the national membership body for colleges they will be using their considerable voice in the sector to help champion the work of the Centres and the delivery team and support individual teachers through the networks being established.
- Pearson: leading on the preparation of evidence informed resources and handbooks for the sector. The resources and guides needed for work of this kind need to be high quality and robust publications. Pearson bring their market leading expertise to help develop these publications, which as government funded documents will be permanently copyright free and available to download from the ETF website. They will carry out resource audits and work with the Centres as necessary to help develop their ideas into stronger materials, which will remain free for the sector to use and credit the Centres that help develop them.
- EEDI: supporting the delivery consortium and the Centres with a baseline diagnostic approach for all the Centres. As a market leading digital assessment and learning company, EEDI already have substantial evidence of what many young people do and do not understand at GCSE. Their baseline tests will be simple to use, short, and form the basis of national data for the Centres and partners.
- Touchconsulting (TC): delivering evidence-based Leadership Training and Professional Development for Post-16 Advanced Practitioners. A long-standing partner of the ETF, Touchconsulting deliver evidence based CPD focussing on building communities of practitioners who can support each other over time. They will underpin the early phases of the programme with training in leadership and teaching methods appropriate to the research and trials being proposed.
- White Rose Maths: are advising on aspects of mastery teaching. The ETF will also work closely with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and Maths Hubs, to ensure good links and sharing between the programmes.
In addition, we will be drawing on a wide range of independent experts and organisations to help develop the programme further. We are committed to working with the Centres and their partners to find and champion the excellence that already exists in maths education in the sector, and will be testing this with our experts, sharing the most effective examples with the widest possible audience.
We intend to have all the Centres represented in our outputs through case studies, research reports, conference presentations or other work that demonstrates their continued work to be a space for excellence in maths teaching, and believe that an evidence informed, sector-based approach to this challenge should bring success for all those involved.