I have begun work as HE Curriculum Innovation Advisor for the Maths, Stats and OR Network, working on the Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation project as part of the National HE STEM Programme. I have decided to write occasional updates here on my activities and those of this project.
Recently, I visited Nottingham Trent University where Dr. James Hind is running a project supported by the Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation fund under the title “Supporting progression in mathematics education”. This project looks to supply two final year undergraduate students with a project each around mathematics education, while also building an outreach relationship with a local school. Here is James’ description of the project:
Final year maths degree students will visit a local secondary school and witness first hand the teaching of maths to GCSE and A-level students. They will prepare teaching material suitable for maths degree, GCSE and A-level classes on a topic chosen jointly with their project supervisor. They will progress with the assistance and advice of secondary maths teachers from the secondary school as well as their university project tutor. They will focus on elements of mathematics which are not currently part of the national curriculum or which are not dealt with by the curriculum in any depth. They will present their work to classes of the appropriate level from the assisting school. The presentation will be in the form of a taught session and associated teaching materials. The presentations will take place at University and will be combined with a question and answer session on university life and a tour of the campus science and maths facilities for students from the assisting school.
You can hear James describing the project by listening to the first episode of the Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Project Podcast: