I’m so excited about the groundswell of enthusiasm for knowledge I see on twitter, blogs, from visitors to Michaela and teachers I speak to. Let’s capitalise on that with some action. Here are three projects that I’m massively enthused about. Read on and get involved!
Summer project: Codifying the knowledge
Spend two weeks at Michaela, expenses paid, working on our curriculum and resourcing. I’m keen to think deeply about knowledge organisers in maths. What knowledge should we include to cover the whole secondary curriculum? How should it be structured and organised? How can we align our curriculum sequence, resources, and assessment optimally in line with this?
I’m particularly excited to work alongside Bruno Reddy, Kris Boulton and the folks at memrise on this. We want to map out and capture “the knowledge” in maths, from year 1 to year 11. We think memrise might be a great tool to capture it on.
We’ve already got some great people, including a cognitive science expert, working on similar projects in English and Science, being led by Joe Kirby.
Ideally, you would work for a 2 week period starting on 3 August, though the length of time and start date are flexible. There is scope to work from home if travel to Wembley would be inconvenient.
If you like thinking about the curriculum and knowledge in maths, and love talking to keen beans like Joe, Kris, and Bruno about it then this project will be right up your street.
Full time teaching post: Catapulting our highest attainers
A little while ago, Simon Singh got in touch with me. He told me he’d been bemoaning the lack of attention given to teaching our highest attainers in STEM for years. Now he wanted to try to do something about it. So we’re giving it our best shot.
We want to take the top 5-10 children from Years 7 and 8 at Michaela and Colin Hegarty’s school, Preston Manor (just round the corner from us), and give them a really special maths education. One that truly stretches them and puts them on the road to Oxbridge STEM. If you think talented young mathematicians deserve something more strategic and long term than a desperate last minute scramble of STEP questions in year 13, this is for you. We want to give these pupils an education like this all the way through from year 7 to sixth form.
We’re looking for a full time teacher to make this a reality. Someone who loves maths (especially the sort of Oxford MAT/Cambridge STEP/UKMT/Olympiad stuff) and can do a brilliant job of teaching and inspiring small groups of keen, high attaining kids to go further than would be possible in a class of 30. QTS is not a necessity.
We would like to start this project in September. However, we know that resignation dates and logistics may make this infeasible for many. We will not launch this project without the right teacher for the job. So if you think you would be a good candidate, but wouldn’t be able to start until later, do still get in touch.
- Fill in this form if you’d like to enquire further
- Read this blog post from Simon Singh with more details
- Take a look at the job ad.
Cross-school collaboration: Brent Maths Network
When I started at Michaela, I had no idea that two of my favourite twitter maths teachers, @hegartymaths and @nicked82 were both less than 5 minute walk from my classroom. And given the 1% rule, I’m sure there are scores more incredible maths teachers that I don’t know yet in the area.
I’m starting a Brent Maths Network for maths teachers in Wembley, Harlesden and surrounding areas to connect; share ideas, concerns, problems and solutions; and host events like teachmeets.
Our first meeting is a pizza night on the 24th June, hosted at Michaela. Michaela is easy to get to (it’s right by Wembley Park tube) so if you’re a maths teacher in the North West, do come along. And, y’know, free pizza.
Maybe none of the above quite works for you, but you’re still interested in what we’re doing at Michaela. We love visitors! Visitors normally arrive late morning to have a tour and see some lessons before joining us for family lunch at 12:30. We have an open door policy, so you can observe lessons as you wish.