Challenging Mathematical Topics at GCSE

Yorkshire and the Humber Maths Hub are delighted to offer you the opportunity to take part in some research into Challenging Topics at GCSE

A FUNDED programme for Secondary Maths teachers and their departments focusing on a challenging topic. Through a series of four workshops and gap tasks teachers will analyse what makes a challenging topic; explore misconceptions; analyse exam style questions and identify quick wins for year 11. Teachers will also identify prior knowledge required and investigate scaffolding and progression during KS3 to ensure success in GCSE.

Who is this for?

The Work Group will consist of pairs of teachers and each pair will comprise one teacher with a curriculum responsibility within their department and one other teacher, a non-specialist. We will, however, consider a single teacher from a school where two are unavailable.

Intended Outcomes

  • Participant teachers develop deeper understanding of why ratio & proportion are challenging (for both students and teachers) including factors associated with student experiences in KS3.

  • Maths departments in participant schools, through collaboration and experimentation, develop new and shared ways of preparing for, and teaching, challenging topics.

  • Pupils become more confident in their own skills and abilities, developing a deeper and more connected understanding of prior content thus enabling them to better tackle the challenging topics.


Sessions will take place at Outwood Institute of Education, Tenter Balk Lane, Doncaster, DN6 7EQ on the following dates:

  • Day 1 – Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 12:00pm – 3:30pm

  • Day 2 – Wednesday 5th February 2020, 12:00pm – 3:30pm

  • Day 3 – TBC

  • Day 4 – TBC

If you would like to get involved, please complete the expression of interest form below and return to