Developing Mathematical Reasoning in KS3

This is a national collaborative project to support teachers to address the new curriculum requirements of problem solving and reasoning.

Would you like part of your next OfSted report to read like this?

’ In mathematics, pupils quickly become fluent in the essential skills of calculating. They come to know their times tables very quickly if they did not know them when they started in Year 7. Rather than focusing only on memorising general rules about mathematics, they gain a thorough and deep understanding of how numbers relate to each other. Moreover, the many opportunities they have to put mathematics into real situations bring the subject alive and help them to enjoy the subject immensely and do well in examinations.’

This is an extract from Outwood Academy Adwick’s February 2016 OfSTED report – click here to see the report

This Academy has been teaching for Mastery since September and developing reasoning is a huge part of this approach.

NCP4 is national collaborative project to support teachers to address the new curriculum requirements of problem solving and reasoning.

Charlotte, the Yorkshire & The Humber Maths Hub Work group lead, is part of a carefully selected national cohort to lead a significant cluster of secondary school teachers in our region to test and learn strategies and resources from improving students’ reasoning skills. We have nine schools involved – covering Scarborough to Worksop.

The project is developing departments practice – both in the classroom and as teams working together. Already, delegates have found this an invaluable experience. Not only are their departmental colleagues developing the confidence to plan lessons that encourage pupils to reasoning mathematically, but the pupils themselves are growing in confidence too. Participants of the course have enjoyed the opportunity to work with people from other schools and share experiences whilst appreciating the chance to collaborate with colleagues within school too.

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Exciting opportunity to develop mathematical reasoning within your department. Mathematical reasoning from our students is a key component of the New National Curriculum and an area where we really need to develop the confidence of our learners.

The NCP4 collaborative project was set up last year with funding from Maths Hubs and the DfE in a bid to improve the confidence of our learners when it comes to reasoning mathematically. Colleagues from across Yorkshire and Humber worked collaboratively to develop a variety of ways in which mathematical reasoning would become commonplace in their classrooms.

Colleagues loved the opportunity to work collaboratively with other schools as part of four workshops across the academic year, they enjoyed having time to reflect on their excellent practice and most importantly felt rewarded when they could see improved confidence in their pupils when it came to mathematical reasoning.

On account of the high level of success of the NCP4 collaborative project, we have been given funding to run the programme again for another set of schools and we envisage the same amount of success.

If you and a colleague (it works best with two representatives from each school) would like to get involved and potentially finish the year saying “it has completely changed the way I teach and approach my lessons” then please complete and return the below expression of interest form to

Please feel free to download any of the resources below that we have used in our NCP4 sessions!