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Element 1: Leading improvement in planning

An overview on how to improve the planning of sequences of learning in mathematics through a six-week improvement cycle. Find out how to use this element and what it includes.

Using this element

This element provides support to mathematics departments in strengthening the planning of units of work to improve progression through:

  • identification of strategically chosen clusters of objectives to help pupils make progress towards identified curricular targets
  • an emphasis on selected teaching and learning approaches designed around rich tasks so that pupils are engaged in their learning and make more progress
  • advice on how to gather day-to-day evidence of pupils’ progress so that ongoing assessment is strengthened.

The approaches are based on the department working together on a six-week plan–teach–review cycle and include leadership actions to accelerate improvements and gather evidence of impact.

Key focus

The aim is to raise expectations of what pupils are able to do by planning and teaching mathematics as a coherent set of ideas, focusing on understanding mathematical concepts and developing critical thinking and reasoning.

  • Using the quality standards

    Senior and subject leaders can find out the benefits of using the quality standards to help achieve departmental consistency, as part of the six-week improvement process. This also includes a checklist to evaluate planning.

  • Approach

    A suggested six-week improvement plan you can download and adapt to suit the needs of your department. This includes specific issues that this approach can address.

  • Review

    Review the impact of the improvement process by judging how far and in what ways you have achieved each of these seven outcomes.