The Core Training is designed as a ‘Train the Trainer’ approach for new member schools, aimed at their school leaders and maths leads, to enable them to implement and embed the programme in their schools. Materials are readily available for attendees to adapt and subsequently deliver to their wider school staff. Each session has a clear focus and is designed to engage school staff with relevant literature; facilitating interaction in order to share best practice and focus on improving maths teaching and learning.
All training has been updated for 2020/21 and Core Training now includes a Review Day later in the academic year to revisit and assess the impact of PA Maths in schools.
Two members from each new member school are required to attend a series of four full day CPD sessions. Members of schools who are renewing their membership have a chance to ‘re-boot’ by sending new leaders on the Core Training programme at a reduced cost.
During COVID-19 restrictions, training will run remotely on the same date as planned, 2-3pm with additional Q&A to 3.30pm if needed. Materials and tasks may be sent to participants in advance. All training materials will be provided after the session. Further details will be provided nearer the time.
Core 1- PA Maths Induction
Content for this session includes an introduction to the programme, how the year is structured and how to use the planning pages within the programme. We take a look at how to use the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach for calculation and problem solving, followed by a brief look at using the bar model to solve problems. We then end the day with a session on the specifics of mastery, what this looks like and how opportunities can be created to enable all learners to take part in same lesson content at once through the use of carefully crafted tasks.
Core 2- Mastery with Greater Depth- Opportunities for All
How do you plan for greater depth learners in a mixed ability class? Probably our most frequently asked question. The objective of this session is focussed on how to distinguish between what greater depth looks like, as well as how to provide all learners with the opportunities to access greater depth activities, and how this can be facilitated through carefully planned lessons utilising the “big 5” mastery ideas. We showcase an example mastery lesson that extends to include greater depth thinking, looking at the progression and how all learners can be involved throughout. We consider the use of intelligent practice, the use of variation, to allow tasks to be planned in order to maximise thinking and children’s ability to make connections across mathematical concepts. We then finish with a session on questioning and how best to construct questions to suit the needs of all learners in a class.
Core 3 – PA Maths in the Early Years
It is key for EYFS pupils to have a strong number sense. During this half day session, we take a closer look at visual discrimination and the importance of pupils developing flexible thinking. This session focuses on how pupils form early developmental concepts, and activities that can be crafted to develop these. The use of the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach in EYFS is considered, and the progression this takes. We look at the importance of children having an understanding of part part whole, as well as resources produced by the NCETM to support early number skills. We then look at how stories can be used to provide children with exciting and tangible points of reference for the development of number, shape and measures concepts, and how these can be developed at home.
Core 4- Review Day
This year, we have planned in an opportunity for school maths leaders to come back together in the Spring term to discuss and share how the PA Maths Programme has been embedded in your school, what has worked well and how you have managed the journey there, as well as discussing what might need developing further, taking advice from colleagues at other PA Maths schools where this might have been achieved. We strategise about next steps, reflect on action plans and what is required in the next year’s plan. During this session, delegates will bring examples of planning and pupils’ books to the session to share with other delegates, as examples of best practice
Included in your school's first year subscription for new members. Renewing members may send staff to re-boot, at £115 per session or £400 for all 4 sessions. Up to 5 participants per course may be enrolled on all online sessions. Please refer to your membership or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7254 1010 (option 5) if you are not sure whether a charge applies to you.