Hamilton announce further new dates for a BRAND NEW seminar from Professor Ruth Merttens in Burton-on-Trent, Worcester, Bedford, Cornwall and Preston. In 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 March and April: The Burton-on-Trent session will take place at Thomas Russell Junior School, Barton-under-Needwood (DE13 8EU) on Thursday 22nd March at 4.15 - 5.45pm; arrival and refreshments from 4.00pm. Book your place. The Worcester session will take place at the University of Worcester, St John's Campus (WR2 6AJ) on Friday 23rd March at 4.15 - 5.45pm; arrival from 4.00pm. Book your place. The Bedford session will take place at Pilgrims Pre Preparatory School (MK41 7QZ) on Monday 16th April at 4.00 - 5.30pm; arrival and refreshments from 3.45pm. Book your place. The Cornwall session will take place at St Joseph's School, Launceston (PL15 8HN) on Thursday 19th April at 4.00 - 5.30pm; arrival and refreshments from 3.45pm. Book your place. The Preston session will take place at John Cross C of E Primary School, Bilsborrow (PR3 0RE) on Monday 23rd April at 4.15 - 5.45pm; arrival and refreshments from 4.00pm. Book your place. 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. See more Hamilton news.