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:
Aaaargh – everyone is convinced they will remember and promises they will rememer to vote but they just don’t remember. 🙁
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.
A photo from the video created for Rebecca’s Virgin Voom bid.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01768 210206, like Authentic Maths on Facebook or follow @authenticmaths on Twitter.
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.
“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.
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
Rebecca Hanson, Authentic Maths.co.uk , Rebecca@authenticmaths.co.uk 01900 826301 07752 407153
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.
Jo 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.
Although it was very hard to say goodbye to such a great group of people, I am tremendously grateful for having had the chance to be part of the inspirational network of OU PGCE Mathematics Tutors.
Having the chance to reflect on mathematics education with other dedicated and very experienced teachers with diverse experiences must surely be the most powerful form of professional development.
Don’t forget that we do have an active branch of the ATM here in north Cumbria. It will be meeting this Friday.
If you’d to come or if you’d like to help me create the networks of the future please do contact me.
Rebecca Hanson from Authentic Maths has been fighting for policy reform on Ofsted at the Liberal Democrats Annual Conference in Glasgow. You can see her here (at 2:10)during October while the conference is still live on iplayer.