Supporting progression in mathematics education
To improve the employability prospects of university students in applying for a career in teaching.
To enable the university to develop experience in working with schools.
To improve the school pupils' perceptions of mathematics and university.
To develop a curriculum approach in partnership with a local school to allows final year maths students who have expressed an interest in teaching the chance to experience and explore teaching practice.
Through the student engagement with the school, to dispel some of the myths about a maths education and giving the school pupils insight into the range of possible courses and future careers in mathematics.
To build a partnership between the university and school.
To improve pupil's perceptions of mathematics and university and to portray positive images of mathematics courses and careers to girls.
Whilst the assisting school has an excellent rate of progression to higher education in general, it has a disappointing rate of progression to maths courses; it is hoped that this project will help to rectify this.
A final year project designed and delivered which involves university students in exploring school teaching practice and delivering content.
School pupils made aware of a wider range of mathematics than that offered by the curriculum alone.
A relationship with a local school. Improved ability in working with local schools.
A case study sharing the experience of running this project.
This approach has the potential to simultaneously improve the graduate prospects of university students who are interested in teaching, while engaging school pupils in mathematics activities beyond the curriculum and making them aware of the possibilities offered by mathematics at university.
The university will build its expertise in working with local schools and engaging students in school teaching practice.
This expertise will be shared so others can learn from the approach.