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Early Career Teacher Maths Pilot

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In addition to the core ECT programme that Ambition Institute run in partnership with the Teaching School Hub, Ambition Institute is developing an early career teachers’ pilot exclusively for maths teachers. 100 early career maths teachers and 100 mentors will be able to participate in the Early Career Teachers Programme, with a special focus on maths. We are delighted to share that this ECT Maths pilot will be delivered by Ambition, in partnership with the David Ross Education Trust Teaching School Hub and supported by the National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM).

 Why this programme?

This pilot is primarily to establish whether a tailored, subject-specific maths version of the Early Career Teachers programme is effective. The results of the pilot’s evaluation will be instrumental to then inform future thinking around programme design. The maths pilot will follow the same sequence as the usual Early Career Teachers Programme, but early career maths teachers will also benefit from the following:

> Removing barriers to progression - The pilot will address the common gaps and misconceptions that often become key barriers to progression in maths.

> Instructional coaching - Focusing on instructional approaches with maths, including modelling, worked examples, scaffolding and explicit teaching.

> Prior knowledge - Learning how to activate and build on prior knowledge – including retrieval and distributing and varying practice.

> Understanding and language - Developing strategies to support conceptual understanding. Learning how to support the development of the language of mathematics.

> Learning flexibly - Access to our market-leading Steplab platform for flexible learning to fit around your schedule.

Trusts and schools involved in the pilot will be acknowledged in the final evaluation report that will be shared nationally.



We will be contacting schools directly who have already registered maths early career teachers with the Teaching School Hub with a view to involving their early career teachers in this subject-specific pilot. If you have any questions or would like to signpost Maths ECTs to participate in the pilot programme, please contact the Teaching School Hub on 01472 602 000 ext 1035 or email at teachingschoolhub@dret.co.uk.

This pilot is limited to 100 early career maths teachers and 100 maths mentors in English secondary schools.

You can apply directly for the programme here.



How will the Mathematics pilot be structured for teachers and mentors?

The pilot programme will follow the structure of Ambition’s ECT programme for teachers and mentors. Participants will continue to use Steplab as their learning platform, will have the same number of conferences and clinics and will continue to be coached in the same way as other ECT participants.

Will teachers and mentors need to be released for additional time for training?

No. The existing ECT inputs for teacher and mentors will be adapted to include specialist content for secondary Mathematics.

Will all teacher and mentor training be delivered as part of the pilot?

Yes. David Ross Education Trust Teaching School Hub and Ambition Institute will deliver the two-year ECT teacher and mentor programme as part of the pilot, covering all aspects of the Early Career Framework. It is likely that mentors and teacher will have some day-today queries about ECT support which will be answered in participants’ schools.


How will our school be involved in the outcome of the pilot?

Leaders from participants schools will be invited to join twice-annual sessions where updates on the project will be shared and there will be an opportunity to discuss the early impact and reflections on the specialist ECT.

Maths ECT Pilot