Pedagogical Application of New Developments and Approaches (PANDA)

Changing the Paradigm towards Co-creation of Processual Learning in the New Maths Curriculum

Project Objectives

  1. to establish a professional learning community for teaching (PLC4T) and pioneer collaborative lesson planning involving the local schools, regional Archimedes Maths Hub, Durham University School of Education, Education Durham, and the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) across the North East;

  2. to enhance teachers' decision-making for effective evidence-based teaching to promote (i) students' learning with understanding of Maths, and (ii) deepening of teachers' understanding and application of the Mastery Approach;

  3. to make recommendations to policy makers on specific actions to support PLC4T. The project will be a trial to establish PLC4T, including further research into topics which are ‘dropping down’ to Key Stages, i.e. from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 2, Key Stage 5 to Key Stage 4.
Year 1 (2015-16): This phase of the project focuses on the growth in understanding teaching strategies (how to teach) about quadratic graph at Higher Level Key Stage 4. The topic is moving down from A-level to the new KS4 curriculum. The project aims to build on the current New Higher GCSE Content Course currently available through part of the Further Mathematics Support Programmes (FMSP) Extension and Enrichment offer to schools. This resource explores different approaches and methods which effectively support the delivery of topics new to GCSE.

Year 2 (2016-17): At the end of the Phase 1 cycle, three research topics will be identified for Phase 2. When these topics have been confirmed, the project will explore them in conjunction with a continuing emphasis on the new content of the KS4 curriculum, drawing up resources sign-posted though current government funded support for teachers. The scope will be extended to incorporate three perspectives: (1) participant teachers’ reflections on what kind of topics are hard to teach within KS4; (2) suggestions from the recent research-based guidance for maths teachers, 7 key ideas in teaching mathematics; (3) research findings from classroom-based action research in the lead teaching school (Hermitage Academy).

Project Scope

Phase 1:

Phase 2: