CfEM blog: Principles and Practice handbooks

Blog by Pearson’s Peter Gee for the Centres for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) programme.

The first editions of the CfEM Handbooks are now available. They are now called Principles and Practice, and can be found on these theme pages: Mastery, Motivating and Engaging Learners, Contextualisation and Use of Technology and Data.

These handbooks are for any practitioners in the FE sector, providing an explanation of how we are defining each theme, the research background behind the theme, and some practical tips to implementing the theme. Each Handbook is structured around the key principles that the 21 Centres and the delivery partners developed at CfEM teach workshops. These were developed to reflect both the crucial points from the research and areas where there is the potential to make the biggest difference to teaching. They describe how well-informed approaches might apply in each theme and support you in changing your practice in line with these approaches.

You will soon be able to find practice studies and a resource audit on the theme pages. The resource audit was carried out to identify existing resources that can help with teaching maths in the sector. The resources include free and paid-for resources, and were recommended from teachers and partners on the programme.

There are four practice studies in text and video format:

· Contextualisation: Using the Realistic Mathematics Education (RME) approach in the classroom, Cambridge Regional College

· Motivating and engaging GCSE maths students, City College Plymouth

· Technology and Data: Using diagnostic questions, Stoke-on-Trent College

· Technology and Data: Using a flipped learning approach, Gateshead College

Thanks to everyone from the Centres and delivery partners who helped in creating these resources.

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