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Mastery, Pedagogy and Blocking - Seminar dates in 2018

Hamilton announce new dates for a BRAND NEW seminar from Professor Ruth Merttens in Plymouth, Cornwall, London, Leeds, Hull, Sussex, Southampton, Reading and Somerset in January and February 2018. In this this new session Ruth offers practical solutions to these questions:  What is pedagogy for Mastery? Is a Blocked Curriculum essential for Mastery? What are the upsides and downsides? and much, much more.

DfE, through its various agencies, is currently promoting two things: the Shanghai maths pedagogy and the use of a blocked, as opposed to a spiral, curriculum. We need, as professionals, to inspect these prescriptions. 

What type of pedagogy is ideal for Mastery? DfE argue that Shanghai mathematics does not consist purely of rote learning and drill. So if the debate is not between ‘teaching for understanding’ versus ‘rote-learning’, what is the real argument? Exactly what does ‘teaching for understanding’ mean in the UK context?

What are the advantages and (largely hidden) disadvantages of the much-vaunted ‘Blocked curriculum’? How may downsides be overcome or minimised to enable such a curriculum to work in an English context?

There are sessions taking place throughout January and February: 

  • The Plymouth session will take place at the University of St Mark and St John (PL6 8BH) on Wednesday 17th January at 4.00 - 5.30pm; arrival and refreshments from 3.30pm.
  • The Cornwall session will take place at St Joseph's School, Launceston (PL15 8HN) on Monday 22nd January at 4.00 - 5.30pm; arrival and refreshments from 3.45pm.
  • The London session will take place at Eleanor Palmer Primary School, Camden (NW5 2JA) on Tuesday 30th January at 4.30 - 6.00pm; arrival and refreshments from 4.15pm.
  • The Leeds session will take place at Leeds Beckett University (LS6 3QQ) on Wednesday 31st January at 4.15 - 5.45pm; arrival and refreshments from 4.00pm. Click here to book.
  • The Hull session will take place at North Ferriby Primary School, North Ferriby (HU14 3BZ) on Thursday 1st February at 4.00 - 5.30pm; arrival and refreshments from 3.45pm.
  • The Sussex session will take place at Cumnor House Sussex, Haywards Heath (RH17 7HT) on Thursday 8th February at 4.30 - 6.00pm; arrival and refreshments from 4.15pm.
  • The Southampton session will take place at Fair Oak Junior School, Eastleigh (SO50 7AN) on Monday 19th February at 4.00 - 5.30pm; arrival and refreshments from 3.45pm.
  • The Reading session will take place at Crosfields School, Reading (RG2 9BL) on Monday 26th February at 4.15 - 5.45pm; arrival and refreshments from 4.00pm.
  • The Somerset session will take place at The Edgar Hall, Somerton Business Park (TA11 6SB) on Wednesday 28th February at 4.15 - 5.45pm; arrival and refreshments from 4.00pm.

The session is of immediate interest to all primary teachers and particularly primary maths co-ordinators or those in senior management positions. It is FREE and open to all teachers. It is essential to book a place and spaces are available on a ‘first-come, first served’ basis. Please contact diana@hamilton-trust.org.uk to book your place/s.

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