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More time for maths

More time for maths

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

New maths GCSEs will set higher expectations and demand more from all students. Can schools find new ways to make maths more engaging and relevant?...

Maths is in the spotlight once again, following the announcement of a radical overhaul of GCSEs in core subjects.

From 2015, new mathematics GCSEs will contain around a third more content and require pupils to master essential concepts in greater depth.

In a recent written statement to parliament, Michael Gove comments: “On average secondary schools in England spend only 116 hours per year teaching mathematics, which international studies show is far less time than that spent on this vital subject by our competitors. Just one extra lesson each week would put England closer to countries like Australia or Singapore who teach 143 and 138 hours a year of mathematics respectively.”

He continues: “The new mathematics GCSE will demand deeper and broader mathematical understanding.”

It’s clear that schools are under pressure to move up a notch with maths teaching. But, with time and resources already stretched to the limit, where do they start?

GCSE Statistics: ‘real-life’ maths for learners of all abilities

vision2learn for schools has added a brand new GCSE Statistics resource to our ever-growing online GCSE portfolio.

This highly practical, versatile resource is super-flexible and ideal for learners of all abilities. For lower ability and hard-to-reach learners, it’s visually engaging and applies statistical skills to real-life scenarios. Essentially, it’s a new way to look at maths. Completing the course online also allows disengaged learners to take control of their own learning.

For the most able students, it will challenge them to use their mathematical knowledge in cross-curricular contexts, ideal preparation for future careers in mathematics, sciences and computing.

Time-saving and flexible

vision2learn for schools’ GCSE Statistics resource includes effective features that we know work, such as:

• Step-by-step learning goals
• Interactive content, such as clickable features, visual explanations and quick quizzes, to boost engagement
• A 'take it higher' feature for learners taking higher level statistics
• Help me’ alerts to show teachers where learners are struggling
• Distinctive tips for exam preparation.

For time-pressed teachers, these clear, logical and succinct resources help with the controlled assessment project work as well as the written paper component. They are ideal for preparing learners for exams and assessments in June. Comprehensive support resources for teachers are also included.

Could vision2learn for schools GCSE Statistics resource help to support and enhance your mathematics curriculum? Chat to our team to find out how we can help – contact us today.

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