From September 2021, the Centres for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) programme will include an extensive research programme involving randomised controlled trials across the country of approaches to teaching for Mastery in Further Education (FE) colleges and sixth forms. These approaches aim to improve learner’ understanding of concepts underpinning the GCSE mathematics curriculum to improve outcomes on GCSE resit programmes.
We are currently seeking mathematics teachers in FE colleges and sixth forms to take part in this research programme. To take part you should be teaching GCSE mathematics resit classes for 16-18 year old learners for at least some of your timetable at either a Centre for Excellence in Maths or one of their network partners. If you are working for a college or sixth form that is not already part of a CfEM first you need to ensure that your organisation is willing to join a network and you need to start the process of joining. You must have the approval of a senior manager in your college/sixth form and the support of your CfEM Centre Lead. This is important as the funding for participation will come through the Centre.
You may wish to first view this short video in which teachers share their experiences of participating in the CfEM pilot trials and other research similar to the CfEM Teaching for Mastery project.
Further details of research participation, Memorandum of Understanding and Data Sharing can be found below.
This is for information only. A full research recruitment pack will be sent to you by the research team after they have received your online sign-up form.
The Teaching for Mastery project involves three main areas of teacher activity:
Teachers may take part in some or all of these activities, depending on which of the three groups they are allocated to at the randomisation stage of the trials (July 2021). There will be three groups of trial teachers:
Teachers who are involved in developing a teaching for Mastery approach will be supported by a set of seven sample lessons, to be taught in designated windows during the year, as shown below.
Lesson A: Factors and multiples (to be taught any time)
Lesson B: Area (to be taught any time)
Lesson 1: Multiplicative reasoning part 1 (1 – 26 November 2021)
Lesson 2: Ratio and fractions (29 November – 17 December 2021)
Lesson 3: Basic algebra (6 – 28 January 2022)
Lesson 4: Problem solving with algebra (TBC) (31 January – 4 March 2022)
Lesson 5: Multiplicative reasoning part 2 (TBC) (7 March – 1 April 2022)
The following table gives key dates for the main activities for Lead Teachers and Trial Teachers.