Sarah Richards mentored cluster 15 which consisted of the following 4 projects:

Workbooks designed especially for women prisoners enable learners to become more independent: LTE Novus

We carefully designed workbooks to enable women prisoners to work independently on their underlying maths skills. The workbooks were designed to encourage a conversation about maths learning between learner and tutor. All learners can become more independent but it is easier for the higher level ones. Good workbooks make a difference, but in-person contact is essential.

Using On-line Assessments and Activities to Foster Independent Learning and Improve Teaching: Chesterfield College

This project explored using Drfrostmaths.com to assess students’ maths skills, set assessments and homework tasks.

Maths Stories: City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College

This project identified and addressed aspects of motivation, confidence and attainment in resit learners tackling GCSE Maths.

We created opportunities for students and their parents to tell and reflect on their maths learner journeys. Their stories told how past experiences had, in the main, deeply and negatively affected their motivation, confidence and attainment. The stories and reflections revealed ways in which we could help them to succeed with their maths GCSE re-sit.

Busy on the Bus in Solihull: Solihull College and University Centre

The aim of this project was to enable students to engage successfully in online learning between their maths lessons. We changed “homework” to “preparation”, consulted with our students, adapted the tasks. Class norms changed; students expected one another to prepare; they enjoyed the lessons more; worked harder and results improved.

Watch the group presentations at the final dissemination event by clicking play (to the right) and read their reports below.

Maths Stories

City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College

Project Number: 35

Busy on the Bus in Solihull

Solihull College and University Centre

Project Number: 36