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Bucks, Berks and Oxon (BBO) Maths Hub


Wycombe High School is the lead school for the Bucks, Berks and Oxon Maths Hub and is one of 35 hubs designated in the summer of 2014.  The Maths Hub programme is supported by the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and funded by the DfE.  You can find out more about Maths Hubs and where they are http://www.mathshubs.org.uk

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The Maths Hubs programme brings together mathematics education professionals in a collaborative national network of 35 hubs, each locally led by an outstanding school or college, to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students.

Our hub covers the following areas: Buckinghamshire to just north of Aylesbury (Milton Keynes and Buckingham are covered by the Enigma Hub); West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead (Bracknell Forest and Slough are covered by the Surrey Plus Hub); Oxfordshire - including Bicester, Oxford and Wantage (the Banbury area is part of the Enigma Hub and West Oxfordshire is covered by the GLOW Hub).

Many schools on the border of two hubs, sign up to both and attend events and participate in workgroups which are conveniently situated and are of interest to them. All the hubs are happy with this arrangement, we just want you to get involved!

We are privileged to be working with the following partners:

·         Oxford Brookes University

·         The Mathematical Association

·         The Further Maths Support Programme

·         The Core Maths Support Programme

·         Oxfordshire Teaching School Alliance

·         Kendrick School, Reading

·         Buckinghamshire Learning Trust

·         West Berkshire Local Authority

together with an increasing number of primary and secondary schools, and colleges across our region. 

How to contact us:

‚Äč       For all enquires please email: Mathscourses@whs.bucks.sch.uk

The work of Maths Hubs falls into two broad categories:

1.      National Collaborative Projects - where all hubs work in a common way to address a programme priority area

2.      Local projects, where hubs work independently on locally tailored projects to address the programme priorities.  These projects are based on feedback from schools and colleges we work with and involve us repeating popular workgroups or providing new opportunities where you tell us there is a need.  For example, we were approached by teachers working in the EYFS and SEND areas who told us there is not enough provision in mathematics for their phase and we are delighted to be running some workgroups to begin to address their needs.  We are also keen to run more events in Oxfordshire and Reading/West Berkshire if there is sufficient interest.  So please do get in touch.

     

      We have detailed our major projects below however, we are also leading a number of other courses and events in our region and publicise these in our regular newsletters. Click to see our LATEST NEWSLETTER.

To sign up for our newsletter or for any further information please email: mathscourses@whs.bucks.sch.uk

Click on the following tabs to find out about the main 2016-17 Projects 

 

Teaching for Mastery Workgroups

Teaching for Mastery Specialist Programme (Primary)

We have three Teaching for Mastery Specialists who are each running workgroups for six other schools, they are:

 

Kavashni Bamfield – Falkland Primary School, Newbury

Gillian Knight – Holtspur Primary School, Beaconsfield

Kate Reade – Whitehall Infant School, Uxbridge

 

These workgroups are complete and have begun their work on developing a teaching for mastery approach in each of their schools.  There will be an opportunity to join one of the Cohort 2 Teaching for Mastery Specialists in 2017 and we will promote the details and application form when they become available.

England-China Education Research and innovation Project (Shanghai Teacher Exchange – Primary)

The Disraeli School and Children’s Centre, High Wycombe, took part in the first exchange in 2014.  They have been developing teaching for mastery in their school and opportunities to visit during one of their open mornings will be advertised as a ‘course’ on this website.

A second exchange is taking place this year with Gill Knight from Holtspur Primary School, Beaconsfield and Kate Reade from Whitehall Infant School, Uxbridge visiting schools in Shanghai in November 2016.  The return leg will take place in January 2016 when two teachers from Shanghai will spend two weeks teaching at Holtspur School.   There will be an opportunity for teachers to visit to see them teach again dates will be promoted on this website and through our newsletter.

Teaching for Mastery Specialist Programme (Secondary)

Three Secondary Teaching for Mastery Specialists are being trained and there will be a funded opportunity to join their workgroups later in the year.  They are:

Jo Walker, Wycombe High School, High Wycombe

Kulvinder Johal, Baylis Court School, Slough

Andrea Wickham, The Oxford Academy, Oxford

CPD/Support for Schools using Mastery Textbooks(Primary)

This workgroup will be led by Jane Liddle, our Mastery Lead, supported by our Primary Mastery Specialists and will run across five afternoons in three different areas of the hub.  It is aimed at those schools and teachers who are using textbooks or other resources and have received little or no training in teaching for mastery.  This would be a useful starting point for teachers who would like to go on to join one of the teaching for mastery workgroups at a later date.

Increasing Participation in Post-16/Level 3 Mathematics (Secondary)

A Level Mathematics and Core Maths briefings

There will be a series of twilight sessions run in three locations across our hub area to support those teachers in schools and colleges with the introduction of the new A level Specifications being taught from 2017 and to increase the numbers participating by ensuring as many students as possible have the opportunity to study Core Maths.  Dates and venues to follow.

Core Maths Support Group

This will be led by Angela Knight who is the Core Maths Lead for our region and bring together the teachers currently teaching or developing programmes for teaching Core Maths.  There will also be a one-day conference for students currently studying and those interested in studying Core Maths with specific sessions for teachers attending the event.  Dates and venues to follow.


Post-16 Enrichment Workgroup

This workgroup will be led by Jane Liddle, our Mastery Lead, supported by our Primary Mastery Specialists and will run across five afternoons in three different areas of the hub.  It is aimed at those schools and teachers who are using textbooks or other resources and have received little or no training in teaching for mastery.  This would be a useful starting point for teachers who would like to go on to join one of the teaching for mastery workgroups at a later date.

 

Increasing Participation in Post-16/Level 3 Mathematics (Secondary)

A Level Mathematics and Core Maths briefings

There will be a series of twilight sessions run in three locations across our hub area to support those teachers in schools and colleges with the introduction of the new A level Specifications being taught from 2017 and to increase the numbers participating by ensuring as many students as possible have the opportunity to study Core Maths.  Dates and venues to follow.

Core Maths Support Group

  This will be led by Angela Knight who is the Core Maths Lead for our region and bring together the teachers currently teaching or developing programmes for teaching Core Maths.  There will also be a one-day conference for students currently studying and those interested in studying Core Maths with specific sessions for teachers attending the event.  Dates and venues to follow.


Post-16 Enrichment Workgroup

We are looking for four schools across our hub area to work with us to design and organise four events in or near their schools to inspire Y9/10 students to continue to study Mathematics beyond GCSE.  You will be paid for your time and the event will be fully funded by the Maths Hub.  If you would like to be involved in this project please email Julia Brown. Maths Hub Lead at jbrown@whs.bucks.sch.uk

Reasoning and Problem Solving Workgroups

Mathematical Reasoning at KS3 (Secondary)

We are recruiting schools to join two workgroups to help them develop reasoning at KS3, an essential skill and approach to learning mathematics for all students to enable them to achieve a good GCSE grade.  The hub will pay supply cover to those schools participating in this project.

Embedding Problem Solving in the GCSE Curriculum (Secondary)

This was a very successful course in terms of teacher satisfaction and student outcomes when we ran it last year as a short series of afternoon sessions.  Jude Stratton will be leading this again as a series of twilight sessions which we hope to repeat at more than one location across our hub region and these will start in the second half of the Spring term.  If you are interested please express an interest via email to mathscourses@whs.bucks.sch.uk giving your name and the name and address of your school so we can organise venues to suit as many participants as possible.

Developing and Embedding Reasoning and Problem Solving in the Primary Curriculum 

This workgroup will run in three locations across our region (Oxford, Reading area and Bucks) and consist of 4 taught afternoon sessions and two gap tasks.  If you are interested in attending, please email  mathscourses@whs.bucks.sch.uk giving your name and the name and address of your school

Leadership Development Workgroups

Support and Development of Mathematics Leaders (Secondary)

We are currently planning a series of five twilight sessions to be held in three different locations across our hub region to support Maths Leaders in developing individuals and practice within their teams to improve student progress and outcomes.  There will be a lead presentation and discussion at each event with the opportunity for maths leaders to share best practice and network with similar colleagues.  Feedback from colleagues is important and one of our first sessions will be on preparing students thoroughly for the new GCSEs as a result of this.  Venues, topics and dates are currently being booked so please let us know of any topic you and others would be interested in us covering.

We will be holding a conference for Maths Subject Leaders in June as usual and will confirm the date shortly.  This is the only event we make a charge for and this will be held at £50 for the first delegate with a second place from the same school free of charge.

 

Curriculum, Resources and Qualifications Workgroups

Supporting Primary Teaching for Mastery Primary

This workgroup consists of half-termly twilights for any primary teachers who wish to attend and is based on the model many of you have participated in for several years at Wycombe High School.  We are organising similar events in the Reading and Oxford areas and dates for these will follow.  Dates for the High Wycombe sessions are: 26 January, 9 March, 4 May, 15 June. 

Bar Modelling to Support Teaching for Mastery

This was a very popular and effective course last year which resulted in the creation of some good classroom resources by an informed and enthusiastic group of teachers.  This year's work groups in High Wycombe and Aylesbury are already fully subscribed however, if funding permits we may be able to run a third cohort later in the year, if you would be interested in attending this, please email: mathscourses@whs.bucks.sch.uk

Early Years Development Programme: Understanding Number 

One of two workgroups we are running to support EYFS teachers, this is being run in partnership with several of the other South East Maths Hubs.  This is an opportunity to be part of a team who will be developing resources and videos to support mathematical learning in early years, with the aim of sharing these more widely so all EYFS teachers have access to them.   The maths hub will pay for teacher time/cover to enable groups of teachers to work together on this project.  Please get in touch with us if you would like to be part of this workgroup.

Supply of specialist teachers of Mathematics Workgroups

School Experience Days for potential ITT trainees in Mathematics (Secondary)

We are looking for several teachers involved in training or hosting visitors considering ITT in Mathematics to develop a set of supporting materials and design an observation day to offer potential recruits high quality information and a day’s school experience.  There is funding for teachers to enable them to produce the materials and design the event and £50 a day for those schools wishing to use these materials to host a visitor.   If you would like to be involved in the design of the programme or be one 12 schools paid for hosting visitors on this programme please contact Julia Brown, Maths Hub Lead at jbrown@whs.bucks.sch.uk

Other Work Groups

Teaching to meet the needs of SEND pupils (Scondary/Primary)

This programme is being led by one of our NCETM PD Leads who has a wealth of expertise and experience in teaching Mathematics to pupils with a range of special needs.  It is open to teachers and classroom assistants working in mainstream or special schools with pupils from KS2-3. The two cohorts planned for this academic year are already fully subscribed but we hiope to be able to run it again in the future. Please email mathscourses@whs.bucks.sch.uk if you would be interested in attending a course.

Early Years Foundation Stage Mathematics

This workgroup will meet five afternoons during the year to participate in sessions led by an external specialist.  They will complete interim tasks to develop their understanding of the needs of EYFS and what constitutes outstanding practice for this age group.  Venue and dates to follow.