ED3AC4-Mathematics, Children and Education 3

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Mr James Davies

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module deepens and consolidates students’ understanding of the nature, purpose and leadership of mathematics in the primary school. During this module, students will establish key skills underpinning the role of the subject leader, including working with others, monitoring and evaluation. They will refine their understanding of key issues for teaching and learning mathematics and consider implications for a school mathematics policy. The role of working with parents will make up part of the module. The module also considers the wider role of the subject leader as a member of the school community, working with TAs and governors as well as peers.


  • To prepare students for key aspects of the role of the mathematics subject leader

  • To refine understanding of effective primary mathematics pedagogy

  • To gain the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to build a school mathematics policy

  • To conceptualise, plan and carry out CPD.

  • To prepare students for elements of the role of the subject leader including working with adults with a variety of roles.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate and explain key issues in teaching mathematics, combining their personal view, their professional experience and the research literature

  • Propose and defend a policy for mathematics teaching in the contemporary political and cultural context, based on a secure evidence base regarding best practice in primary mathematics teaching

  • Design and produ ce CPD

  • Work with other adults, including teaching assistants to personalize learning and plan for progression.

Additional outcomes:

Students will consolidate their understanding of mathematics teaching and learning in the primary school and the role and responsibilities of the mathematics subject leader. Through this module, they will reflect on their own progression over the course of the specialism, improving their employability through articulating their own policies and understanding of key pedagogical issues in mathematics. 

Outline content:

  • The role of the subject leader

  • Models of leadership

  • Identifying key issues in mathematics: using national and local data; monitoring and evaluating; observation and feedback; book scrutiny and pupil voice

  • Developing a mathematics policy: exploring key issues in mathematics teaching, learning and leadership; exploring national and local policymaking

  • Working with other adults, including TAs and school governors.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will be delivered in interactive sessions, which include lecturing, discussion and practical activities and blended learning, provided through Blackboard. Sessions will require some pre-reading, and students should be prepared to contribute their views and work collaboratively in order to make presentations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 26
Tutorials 10
Guided independent study: 164
Total hours by term 200
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Written assignment 2,500 words

Formative assessment methods:
Students will work collaboratively to prepare and present a classroom-based activity to their peers, using technology explored during the module. Students will have opportunity to share and gain informal feedback on their developing ideas for their mathematics policy as the module progresses.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
40% in the assignment detailed above.

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of a comparable assignment during the summer resit period.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

  1. Required text books: No required text books. A list of recommended books will be given at the beginning of each module.

  2. Specialist equipment or materials: None

  3. Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: None

  4. Printing and binding: Occasional printing of materials, although photocopies of materials will be provided in the teaching sessions.

  5. Students will need to provide a printed copy of their assessment. Library printing costs are 5p for B/W page and 15p for colour page

  6. Computers and devices with a particular specification: None

  7. Travel, accommodation and subsistence: None

Last updated: 3 November 2021


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