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Journal of Core Maths

This journal, which is published in electronic form, aims to report and reflect on:

  • Innovative and interesting practice in the teaching and learning of Core Maths
  • Classroom evaluations of Core Maths, both qualitative and quantitative
  • Problem solving in mathematics teaching and learning from around the world
  • Successful promotion and management of Core Maths in schools and colleges

It is aimed at practitioners and educationists, providing a medium for disseminating good ideas and practice relevant to the teaching and learning of Core Maths in Schools and Colleges. Anyone who is interested in submitting an article for the journal are advised to read Notes for Contributors.

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Promoting Core Maths

Background, evidence, plans, opportunities, and challenges

This article discusses some of the issues relating to the promotion of Core Maths to students, parents, schools and colleges and their senior leadership teams, and also to employers and higher education (HE). Some challenges are highlighted, and addressed, with suggestions for ways forward to secure the future of Core Maths and widespread adoption by all stakeholders. A summary of the background reports that led to the introduction of Core Maths, and the related educational landscape prior to its introduction, is included. article discusses some of the issues relating to the promotion of Core Maths to students, parents, schools and colleges and their senior leadership teams, and also to employers and higher education (HE). Some challenges are highlighted, and addressed, with suggestions for ways forward to secure the future of Core Maths and widespread adoption by all stakeholders. A summary of the background reports that led to the introduction of Core Maths, and the related educational landscape prior to its introduction, is included.

Author - Paul Glaister
Publication Date - 19 October 2015

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Core Maths: the difficult questions

This paper provides answers to a range of key questions for which the success of Core Maths will dependend on. The questions relate to the reasons for teaching Core Maths, to the biggest challenges for the successful implementation of this new qualification and the implications for a problem solving approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Author - Mick Blaylock
Publication Date - 19 October 2015

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Core Maths: A New Opportunity

This paper explores the international evidence for a problem solving approach to teaching and learning mathematics, particularly Core Maths. It draws on the evidence from countries such as Japan, where an open problem solving approach is used to help learners move onto new concepts and topics in mathematics. It also highlights the problems that such approach will have in a UK context.

Author - Derek Robinson
Publication Date - 19 October 2015

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Mathematical Travels With Shockwheat

The ethos of the new Core Maths course lends itself to students working on substantial pieces of work that connect (and make those connections explicit) a variety of mathematical concepts. This breaks away from more traditional methods of teaching mathematics in England which has tended to focus on new skills being learnt as discrete, self-contained topics where mathematical connections have been implicit. Derek Robinson's Shockwheat activity is an excellent one in that it opens up a plethora of possible lines of mathematical inquiry. This article tells the story of how the activity was used with one core maths class, suggesting a possible mathematical route which incorporates a wide range of statistical techniques and highlights the use of a variety of ICT applications.

Author - Tom Rainbow
Publication Date - 19 October 2015

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