The 21 Centres taking part in the government-funded Centres for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) programme have all selected their themes of activity to focus on during the programme.
The CfEM programme is a national improvement programme aimed at delivering a step-change in maths teaching up to Level 2 in post-16 settings, with a focus on 16-19 year olds. It is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) which has chosen the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), the national workforce development body for the Further Education (FE) and Training sector, to manage and lead this programme on its behalf.
Across the programme length, the ETF will work with a range of expert delivery partners and the 21 Centres to design new and improved teaching approaches, develop quality teaching resources, build teachers’ skills and spread best practice across the country through maths networks. This is to help increase the number of young people leaving compulsory education with the necessary maths skills up to GCSE and Functional Skills level, to improve their employability, and engagement with further learning.
The CfEM programme has been designed to focus primarily on four themes of activity:
Each of the 21 Centres will focus on at least one of the themes. They will form their own networks within their region to disseminate findings and resources to support these new and improved ways of teaching maths.
The theme each Centre will focus on is:
3. Data and Technology
4. Motivation and Engagement
“Developing and testing teaching approaches across the four key themes, supported by research, is vital in our aim to help increase the number of young people leaving compulsory education with the necessary basic maths skills up to Level 2. Everyone at the ETF is excited to be working with the 21 Centres of Excellence in Maths and our chosen delivery partners to achieve this objective.”
More information on the Centres for Excellence in Maths programme and its themes can be found on the Education and Training Foundation website.