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Signing off from Voom.

07 Jun 16
Rebecca Hanson
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For those who didn’t receive it, here’s a copy of my sign off message from the Virgin Voom competition.

If you missed the Border TV clip it’s here and if you missed the Mike Zeller interview it’s here at 0:50.

I feel the weight of the pain that children and teachers experience with the new primary maths curriculum and SATs.  Knowing that I have the answers they need but not being able to reach them is hard to bear.

There are various ways you may be able to help and I’d be tremendously grateful if you could take the time to read this final message.

Way to help Number 1: For people who know people in education.

I need to find other ways to make this work.  It can only be done if I can build a network of people who have tremendous experience (running cpd across different types of schools and different years) in maths education.  These people are disappearing fast as the structures which developed them are being shut down.

Please can you help me find them?  Everyone who works with me will need to have:
1. at least 10 years teaching experience across a variety of schools (either primary or bottom end heavy secondary maths).
2. been a successful school leader for maths education (primary numeracy co-ordinator or secondary head of maths).
3. a Masters level education qualification (not necessarily maths) and have engaged significantly with maths education research.
4. substantial experience of leading cpd.

Beyond that I will also be looking for people who could manage training across a substantial region.  As well as the above qualifications such people will also have:
5. A fluent knowledge of primary maths education research developed over many years.
6. Systemic leadership experience (e.g. being an LA advisor for a substantial period of time).

I need to identify everyone in the second category because there are so few people in this class and I want to work with, or carefully around so as not to interfere with the work of, every person who is.

Way to help Number 2: For people who have some spare cash.

I want to continue to pursue funding opportunities which will enable me to reach more teachers.  If you’ve some money to spare could you support me so I can do that please?  If you’re interested in supporting me in that way I would discuss with you precisely how I would spend your money.  For example £100 would buy me a train ticket to London on June 20th so I could go to the government briefing about support which is available for female entrepreneurs.

Way to help Number 3: For people who teach or know primary teachers in North Cumbria.

I’m desperate to get back to work.  While some people might feel I should be showing my gratitude for the many positive experiences participating in Virgin Voom has given me the reality is that I feel sad about the time I’ve been away from helping teachers.  Due to having cleared my diary to do this competition I now have availability in June on Mon 13th, Tues 14th, Tues 21st, Wed 22nd, Thurs 23rd and Mon 27th.  I’m offering any course half price – so just £125.  This makes me no profit but I’d just so much rather be working than not.  If your school can’t afford training even at that price then please get them to send me a letter detailing why because there are organisations out there which may be able to help but without your letter I can’t get you any help.

Way to help Number 4: For Cockermothians

If you’re local just please make me smile – or even better laugh – over the next few days.  And if you know anyone who could render my chimney cheaply please do tell me who! J xxx

Way to help Number 5: For people who watched the bid

Does anyone know who the judge on the right was?  She wanted help with her son with maths and I said she should get in touch but she’s probably too embarrassed to ask now I’m out the competition. I want to reassure her it’s still okay but I don’t know her name.

Thank you all so very, very much for your support.  It’s been truly overwhelming.  The Voom judges may not have been able to understand the bid but many truly inspiration people from the world of education and beyond did fully get it.  Thank you again.

Rebecca

07752 407153  www.authenticmaths.co.uk  @authenticmaths   www.facebook.com/authenticmaths

Sue Hayman and the Times & Star supporting the Voom Bid

21 May 16
Rebecca Hanson
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Sue Hayman MP supporting the Authentic Maths Voom bid this morning – showing off yesterday’s Times & Star article.

Sue Hayman

 

Authentic Maths Radio Interview

18 May 16
Rebecca Hanson
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084Find out more about Rebecca Hanson and Authentic Maths.

Listen to this Business Innovators radio show.

The highs and lows of West Cumbria

17 May 16
Rebecca Hanson
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On the one hand the business community of West Cumbria couldn’t have been more wonderfully supportive and friendly.

On the other had there was no mobile network and no internet at Energus – so they couldn’t vote:
https://www.vmbvoom.com/pitches/authentic-maths.

Aaaargh – everyone is convinced they will remember and promises they will rememer to vote but they just don’t remember.  🙁

BEC ENERGUS

Authentic Maths Virgin VOOM Press Release

09 May 16
Rebecca Hanson
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Authentic Maths Voom Bid May 2016FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Cumbrian Education Entrepreneur asks for public help.

As children take their SATs this week a busy Cockermouth lady who runs maths training for primary teachers has some precious time to think about the future.

Rebecca Hanson has been running courses in school non-stop since she launched her new maths training in January.  During SATs week no schools want training courses so Rebecca is planning how to expand her business so she can provide training for more schools. She entered Richard Branson’s Virgin Voom business video pitching competition.

Rebecca has asked for money to help her training more people to run her courses. You can help to make sure your local primary school has access to great maths training for its teachers by voting for her bid.  Watch the video of Rebecca’s ‘Authentic Maths’ bid and vote at https://www.vmbvoom.com/pitches/authentic-maths/.

Voting closes on May 23rd 2016.  You need a Facebook or a LinkedIn account to vote.

About Rebecca Hanson :

Rebecca taught secondary maths in Cumbria and was the last Head of Mathematics at Ehenside School in Cleator Moor, helping to bring it out of special measures before it closed in 2008.  She then lectured in mathematics education at Manchester Metropolitan University, supervised PGCE students for the Open University and completed national mathematics education projects before retraining to lead primary maths professional development.  Rebecca is known for her high profile criticism of key aspects of current mathematics education policy and for her policy work on reforming Ofsted.  Authentic Maths provides primary mathematics professional development and is owned and run by Rebecca.

Photograph:

A photo from the video created for Rebecca’s Virgin Voom bid.

ENDS

24th May TAs Training SOLD OUT

03 May 16
Rebecca Hanson
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Sold Out

 

 

The Excellence in Eden TAs training on May 24th at CREA is now completely sold out.  If you’d like to be informed about future events please contact India Campbell at Excellence in Eden: Email courses@ullswatercc.co.uk Tel: 01768 210206, like Authentic Maths on Facebook or follow @authenticmaths on Twitter.

 

More spaces added – KS2/3 TAs training Tues 24th May

17 Apr 16
Rebecca Hanson
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Great news – we’ve managed to secure a larger room for the Excellence in Eden KS2/3 TAs training on Tuesday 24th May.  Book quickly to secure your place and avoid disappointment. Contact India Campbell Email: courses@ullswatercc.co.uk Tel: 01768 210206.

KS2 TAs May 2016

 

100 Teachers Trained Press Release

06 Apr 16
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As teachers and children across Cumbria prepare for the new primary SATS this May, Rebecca Hanson from Authentic Maths is celebrating having trained over 100 Cumbrian teachers and teaching assistants to teach the new primary maths curriculum.

Rebecca was one of the loudest critics of the new curriculum and SATS which require children who are only six to be examined on difficult skills such as mentally subtracting two 2-digit numbers.

Rebecca says

“I was extremely concerned that making the curriculum more difficult while removing county support and preventing children using apparatus in their SATS would damage primary maths teaching.”

“To help schools I wrote six separate courses for teachers of years 1 to 6.  I deliver these courses in schools and tailor them to the exact needs of each teacher.  I’ve been working full time delivering this specific year training since its launch in January and am booked up until May.”

“It’s been a privilege to work with so many excellent teachers.  They’re all working incredibly hard to make sure our children are properly prepared for the new exams they’ll face during the second week of May.”

About Rebecca Hanson :

Rebecca taught secondary maths in Cumbria and was the last Head of Mathematics at Ehenside School in Cleator Moor, helping to bring it out of special measures before it closed in 2008.  She then lectured in mathematics education at Manchester Metropolitan University, supervised PGCE students for the Open University and completed national mathematics education projects before retraining to lead primary professional development.  Rebecca is known for her high profile criticism of key aspects of current mathematics education policy and for her policy work on reforming Ofsted.  Authentic Maths provides primary mathematics professional development and is owned and run by Rebecca.

Photograph:

Lucinda Carlile and Amanda Henderson from Brunsick Infant School in Penrith receive their certificates from Rebecca Hanson after completing year 2 specialist mathematics training courses.  Brunswick Infants were the first infant school in Cumbria to train all their teachers for the new primary curriculum with year specific training from Authentic Maths. Left to right: Lucinda Carlile, Amanda Henderson, Rebecca Hanson

Contact:

Rebecca Hanson, Authentic Maths.co.uk , Rebecca@authenticmaths.co.uk  01900 826301 07752 407153

 

Newsflash (x2)

03 Nov 14
Rebecca Hanson
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The excellent program “The Trouble with Numbers” featuring Jo Boaler and other key figures in maths education is now available on itvplayer until 30 November 2014 at https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/tonight/series-16/episode-35-trouble-with-numbers-tonight.

Availability of Jo Boaler’s free MOOC – How to Learn Math (For Students) has been extended until 30 September 2015.  It takes about 6 hours to complete.  Well worth a look – it’s available here: https://class.stanford.edu/courses/Education/EDUC115-S/Spring2014/about.

 

 

 

Feature – Free from Jo Boaler

27 Oct 14
Rebecca Hanson
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Jo Boaler PicJo Boaler is a top UK professor of mathematics education who currently works at Stanford University in the US.  She often returns to the UK and was very recently back to film for the ITV Tonight Show special on maths which will be shown this Thursday 30th October at 7:30pm.

She was featured in the Radio 4 series ‘The Educators’.  Her episode is available on iplayer here.

In 2013 Jo ran a free MOOC (mass open online course) for mathematics teachers which was completed by over 40,000 people.

Her current MOOC is available free here until 15th December 2014.  It takes just 6 hours to complete and explores some key ideas in school maths education.  It’s targeted at (and presented by) young adult learners of mathematics who’ve not been confident with GCSE standard maths, so most teachers will find it enjoyable, relaxing, fun and insightful. Why not register now and have a look?  It costs nothing to register and you’re not committed to completing the course.

Jo publishes lots of free resources for maths teachers on her youcubed.org website.  This site is well worth exploring as there are some great mathematical tasks to download on it.  Jo also publishes some of her papers on youcubed.org, the most recent of which is a direct attack on current UK policies on the rote learning of multiplication facts.  It contains lots of sound advice on how children should learn multiplication results.