The Post-14 Mathematics Inquiry

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ACME/The Post-14 Mathematics Inquiry Workshop

Post-14 Mathematics Education:
Pathways to Progress

Break out groups

Attendees were asked to select one of the four Break Out groups at registration; Specialist Strand, Foundation Strand, Vocational Strand and Intermediate Strand. All participants were given a set a questions to help discussion but in reality discussing the first question seem to take up most of the time allocated!

Each group had a rapporteur who reported back on the issues discussed in their group (Specialist, Foundation, Vocational, Intermediate) to the other participants of the workshop.

Rapporteur for the Specialist strand, Mike Savage, commented that 'though no consensus was achieved in the specialist strand group, there was a frank exchange of views covering relevant key issues.'

In discussing the day as a whole he went on to say;

'The workshop consisted of two distinct halves; the first produced clear analyses of the problems at the various levels and transitions whilst the second manifestly failed to generate 'solutions' from the break out groups. In my opinion consultation is now complete and the stage is set for individuals/groups to formulate specific proposals for introducing effective changes in the short term to medium term as Adrian has requested.'

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Reflecting on the day, Karen Spencer, rapporteur for the vocational strand, later said;

The session provided a productive forum for discussion of the issues facing students within the vocational strand. It brought together practitioners from a variety of backgrounds, including teachers, academics and training/employers representatives. The need for a "respectable repackaging of mathematics" was high on the agenda. Students' need to be equipped with a range of skills to be competent within the workplace - the use of ICT, effective communication and mathematical literacy are essentials -"Techno-Mathematics" should be a key element of a new curriculum. Careful thought needs to be given to the requirement of each vocational area. Effective partnerships need to be established, through local networks, to provide all students with appropriate opportunities and teachers with high quality resources.

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