This year has been eventful in terms of the impact of Numeracy at my school.
I started off the year coaching teachers to use Numeracy in their lessons . Some did not need coaching at all as their confidence in using Numeracy was impressive.
The students were unfazed that it was part of their lesson; mainly because they use Numeracy (albeit implicitly) everyday. I wanted teachers to ‘traffic light’ areas where Numeracy would enhance the learning of the students. This is because our students forget some of the Maths they learn. See article here by William Emeny, (taken from New Theory of Disuse by Dr Bjork) perhaps because they do not see the relevance of what they are learning.
As teachers ( whether Maths or not) it is our duty to make the case for Maths and Numeracy .
As National Numeracy clearly showcases here, adults and students alike need the skills that Maths and Numeracy gives to enjoy excellent employment prospects .
With this in mind, I have proclaimed all year through staff briefing , 15-minute forum, conferences including our own Cabot Learning Federation conference in July , where I took part in the ‘I want to know’ sessions . My session was called Numeracy in every classroom. I was privileged to present to some prospective NQTs and encouraged them to put this on their agenda from day one of their teaching careers.
Set up a South West Numeracy hub; and plan my rescheduled Teachmeet on the back of this so that the impact would be bigger and far reaching than just in the locality of Bristol.
Accessing schemes of work in every department. I am committed to keeping Numeracy on the agenda in every department thereby ensuring that Numeracy has a place in Teaching and Learning at least twice in a sequence of lessons. How will I know this is successful ? I will observe lessons through a series of learning walks for each department after the scheme of work has been amended.
At some point during the year I would like the Performance Management lesson plan proforma to include Numeracy so that where applicable the teacher can show that Numeracy has been used.
Teachers will still access coaching before and after observations so that they are clear on how to make an impact with Numeracy so that their confidence level and that of our students continues to increase.