Improving mathematics in Key Stages Two and Three – EEF conference

The focus was on the launch of the EEF effective maths teaching at Ks2 and Ks3. As an English specialist I have been very interested to reflect on the process of attending a conference runs by specialists who speak a different language to one’s own specialist teaching area.
Link to this guidance can be found HERE.
A summary of interesting points from the presentations:
- Research has shown that students become better at problem solving when using a calculator.
- HPA students use derived facts to enable them to apply knowledge to problem solving. This broader knowledge allows students to connect maths processes and apply it to new scenarios and problems.
- A language of maths needs to be embedded within the school’s culture in order to encourage students to take up maths at sixth form. Teachers need to challenge colleagues and students when declarations of, “I am no good at maths” are made. The cultural acceptance that it is ok to not be good at maths and share this leads to a dichotomy that people place themselves into: those that can do maths and those that cannot which is not helpful for the take up of further study. In truth maths is like any other discipline and can be accessed through thorough teaching, learning and practise and this is the message that needs to be normalised for students.
- There is a health check toolkit on the EEF website that allows schools to measure whether the maths intervention is effective. You can find the link to the evaluation of intervention HERE.