Supporting Core Maths Work Group 2020-2021

These Work Groups give teachers opportunities, through collaboration and experimentation, to develop improved teaching approaches that support the open-ended problem-solving skills Core Maths students need and share these with departmental colleagues. Participant departments will support the role of Core Maths in promoting contextualised problem-solving and links to teaching in other subject areas.



The target group for lead participants in these Work Groups is experienced, recent or – in exceptional cases – potential teachers of Core Maths. These may be teachers in post-16 settings whose main subject is maths or whose main subject is not maths. Lead participants will be expected, where appropriate, to work with colleagues in their own department.



Work Groups will be designed to meet the specific needs of the range of experience of participants.



  • Participants, and where appropriate colleagues in their department, will understand the philosophy of Core Maths, with its approach to maths through contextualised problem-solving.
  • Participants will develop their understanding by exploring a range of common Core Maths approaches and topics (e.g. Fermi problems, critical analysis of numbers in the media) and their use of pre-release materials.






The Work Group is offered free to all state-funded secondary schools in England.

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The ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak and knock on effects on schools life remain uncertain. So, all Maths Hubs work will adapt to changing realities. There’s likely to be more live online collaboration, for example. In addition Work Groups content will address both schools recovery from coronavirus related disruption and the central maths subject matter of each project.