Avoiding "The wasted years?"

Carol Knights and Alison Hopper

09:00-10:00, Friday 1 July

Session description

Promoting continuity from KS2 to KS3 mathematics is worthwhile but can be a hard sell. Genuine collaboration focusing on developing pedagogical approaches to key mathematical content is fundamental to creating an effective working relationship for the teachers involved. We will share and explore our experience of doing this in Maths Hubs 5-8 NCP Work Groups and other settings.

This session is suitable for anyone with an interest in developing effective transition in mathematics from KS2 to KS3 or in understanding how a cross phase project might be set up at another point of transition.

Interests: KS2 to KS3 transitionKS3 and KS4

About the speakers

Since 2016, Carol Knights has held the role of NCETM Director for Secondary Mathematics, leading national developments and programmes including secondary Teaching for Mastery. Carol taught in state schools for 15 years, holding a range of responsibilities, and then worked as a Principal Lecturer in Mathematics Education before joining MEI in 2012. During her career, she has been involved in a wide range of curriculum development projects as well as devising and leading professional development at both local and national levels.

Alison has been involved in primary education in various roles for around 20 years. As a class teacher and senior teacher, she led maths, assessment and music in a number of schools. For many years, she was a Primary Strategy Mathematics Consultant in Surrey and also spent two years lecturing at The University of Brighton on their ITT courses in maths. The combination of these roles allowed her to explore how children learn and how teachers teach from many perspectives. In her role as Primary Maths Specialist for MEI, her particular focus is on Key Stage 2 to 3 transition and she also works as an associate with the NCETM on programmes supporting teaching for mastery.