Supporting Pupils To Achieve Grade 4

Supporting Pupils to Achieve Grade 4

Type: Work Group                           For: Resit teachers and teachers of GCSE Maths

Time: 4 half days.                            Cost: Free of charge

This Work Group focuses on supporting teachers in schools and FE colleges to enable positive outcomes for students struggling to achieve grade 4.Participants work together, to develop strategies to improve engagement, self esteem and outcomes.

What is the focus of this Work Group?

Work Group participants will analyse different ways of teaching key content to students. Participants will, through collaboration and development, deepen their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum demands of GCSE Maths and their awareness of pedagogical approaches that best support students taking GCSE either for the first or second time.

Expectations of participants and their schools

Participants and their schools are expected to commit to four Work Group sessions over the year and to work on inter sessional tasks in between.

Participants who will find this Work Group particularly useful include teachers of students struggling to move from a grade 3 to a 4 and teachers of re-sit GCSE Maths. Lead participants will be expected, where appropriate, to work with colleagues in their own department.  

What will participants achieve?

Professional learning

Participants will:

Improve their awareness of key concepts and themes relevant to GCSE Maths at Grade 4.

Increase their awareness of appropriate pedagogies to help students make connections and deepen understanding

Practice development

Participants will share their approaches to planning and delivery of key concepts with the Work Group and, where appropriate, with colleagues in their department.

Whole school/departmental policies and approaches

Participants will share practice and resources, which are effective with this group of students, with their departments.

Student outcomes

Students will:

Demonstrate increased engagement in Maths lessons

Demonstrate increased conceptual understanding of Maths

Report increased confidence in using Maths.

What will participating schools gain?

Participants’ departments will,through shared good practice,become more effective at teaching GCSE students, for example by wider and more confident use of teaching approaches such as bar-modelling, multiplicative reasoning or realistic contextualisation.Strategies and shared good practice will help teachers to support pupils with low confidence and Maths anxiety.

If you would like to participate on this programme, please complete our Expression of Interest form.              

Please contact if you have any further questions.