National Trials - What are they all about?

The National Trials, led by the University of Nottingham, are a fantastic strand to the project that sees Further Education Colleges from up and down England test and try ideas and resources aimed at improving the progression of level two maths learners in the UK.

The first year (2019/2020) focused on four main themes; Maths Mastery in FE, Motivating & Engaging Learners, Contextualisation, and Data & Technology.  Teachers embedded specially designed lessons into their Schemes of Work which focused on one of our four themes.  They then worked in cluster groups to observe, plan, collaborate and develop the lessons.  It was a learning experience for all involved and teachers who took part in year one trials found collaborating with like-minded peers enriching and rewarding.

From the learning gained in year one, a set of fantastic Handbooks were produced by our partners at Pearson.  Check them out below to see how you could use project learning in your classroom!

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 trails were postponed in 2020-2021, but this year we’re back, bigger and better!

With a 100% focus on Teaching for Maths Mastery in Further Education we have over 100 teachers up and down the country embedding lessons, resources and collaborating in Cluster Meetings to work towards our common goal – improving progression in level 2 maths.

Trial teachers within our local network sit within six different Further Education colleges, so we really are expanding and sharing the knowledge across the whole sector.

Watch this space for updates, resources and more as the year progresses.

Click here to read the most up to date news from trials.

Pearson - Centres for Excellence in Maths - Handbooks