Termly network meetings for cluster representatives – the aim being to strengthen school-to-school working within and between clusters, reflecting the regional focus on cluster working in 2018-19.
Emphasis will be placed on disseminating key messages to 36 regional cluster mathematics leads on a termly basis, rather than seeking to engage with 200 co-ordinators each term. In the first instance we will reserve one place per cluster, but this may depend on the size of the cluster.
Sessions will equip cluster leads to disseminate regional and national developments to address the challenges of the new Curriculum for Wales and alignment with the four purposes. The areas for development throughout the year will include:
• Sharing best practice within and between schools; • Strengthening cluster communication to enhance consistency and curriculum continuity; • Supporting the development of processes for efficient self-evaluation and planning to raise standards in mathematics and numeracy; • Effective monitoring of the impact of actions and collaborative working in mathematics and numeracy; • Disseminating developments and outcomes of work undertaken by mathematics teaching schools (EAS Learning Network).
Cluster representatives will have opportunities to extend leadership skills beyond their own school. They will receive termly advice and information to support them in:
• Remaining up-to-date with national developments in mathematics and numeracy, including materials produced by Pioneer schools as this becomes available, or available through the National Network for Excellence in Mathematics (NNEM); • Identifying and disseminating good practice effectively within their cluster of schools; • Sharing ways in which schools in their cluster are refining planning, teaching and assessment in the light of curriculum changes, and evaluating the impact of this on learning and pupil progress.
Learners will develop skills and confidence in line with the revised curriculum for mathematics and numeracy, and the overarching principles of ‘Successful Futures’ to raise the aspirations and achievement of all learners.