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Promoting improvement in initial teacher education (ITE). Primary mathematics

Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills
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  • Education
  • Mathematics


Promoting improvement in initial teacher education (ITE) As part of the ITE inspection framework from September 2012, Ofsted is promoting further improvement in the ITE sector by providing annual dissemination conferences and associated web-based materials for each of the thematic inspections conducted alongside individual inspections of ITE partnerships in 2012– 13. During 2012–13, these focused on:  primary mathematics  secondary modern languages  secondary science  secondary history. Thematic inspection of primary mathematics The evidence base During the course of 2012–13, HMI focused in depth on provision and outcomes in mathematics for primary trainees in 21 of the ITE partnerships inspected. Inspectors:  observed - mathematics teaching by trainees and by newly qualified teachers (NQTs) - centre and school-based training sessions  held discussions with - partnership leaders responsible for mathematics - trainees and NQTs  scrutinised various documents, including - course information - trainees’ and NQTs’ folders - records of observations and discussions with trainees. The overview  Of the 34 inspections of primary ITE, 21 included a focus on primary mathematics.  Taken together, the effectiveness of partnerships’ work in primary mathematics was weaker than the picture overall for primary ITE. Key findings Strengths of stronger practice / partnerships  Trainees are increasingly enthusiastic, confident about teaching mathematics as the course/training progresses.  Trainees generally plan interesting lessons planning that take account of the skills and knowledge of different groups of pupils.  Improving strengths in teaching include use of: - a range of resources and activities, including problem solving and use of outdoors for younger pupils, that interest pupils and promote good behaviour - questioning to check learning (although not always to re-

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