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Mastery, Pedagogy and Blocking Seminars

Hamilton announce further dates for Professor Ruth Merttens' Mastery, Pedagogy and Blocking training seminars in Newbury, Birmingham, Northampton, Exeter, Norfolk and North London. 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 June and July:

  • The Exeter session will take place at St Sidwell's CE Primary School, Exeter (EX4 6PG) on Wednesday 20th June at 4.15 - 5.45pm; arrival and refreshments from 4.00pm. Book your place.
  • The Norfolk session will take place at Hillcrest Primary School, Downham Market, Norfolk (PE38 9ND) on Monday 2nd July at 4.00 - 5.30pm; arrival and refreshments from 3.45pm. Book your place.
  • The North London session will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, London (NW10 8PP) on Tuesday 10th July 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.  

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