Tea Break Training: bite-sized training videos

As Maths teachers, we know that your time is precious and making time for your own professional development is sometimes hard to do. That’s why we’ve created our Tea Break Training videos.  

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These short videos offer targeted professional development training on teaching strategies, content areas and support for GCSE Maths. The videos allow you to incorporate bite-sized professional development training easily into your day.

The video snippets have been taken from our full-length GCSE Maths networks (which you can access below) over the past few years and are grouped together by theme, so you can easily find a training video that sparks your interest or is relevant to your own personal development. 

Access our full-length GCSE networks video playlist on YouTube

GCSE Maths: Collaborative Problem Solving
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GCSE Maths problem solving: Pietro Tozzi, an experienced Maths teacher and Pearson Credible Specialist, gives practical ideas on how to encourage students to be more confident at tackling problem solving type questions.

Problem Solving Research and Resources
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GCSE Maths problem solving: Pietro Tozzi gives practical ideas on how to encourage students to be more confident at tackling problem solving type questions.

What are bar models and how can they be used?
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Bar modelling: This video gives some practical examples showing how and when to use bar modelling to help students tackle problem solving questions.

GCSE Maths: How to solve simultaneous equations using bar modelling
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Bar modelling: This training video explains how to use bar modelling for simultaneous equations and what the potential problems are with this method.

GCSE Maths: Talking ‘Show that…’ problems
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KS3 problem solving: This training video gives some practical hints and tips on how to approach ‘Show that…’ question with students.

GCSE Maths: How to embed problem-solving skills (case study)
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KS3 problem solving: A case study showing examples of how to use projects to help learners develop early problem-solving skills.

GCSE Maths: Key topics to cover for borderline students
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Tiering decisions: Learn how and when to introduce some key topics for students aiming for grade 5 and 6.

GCSE Maths: How to use the crossover questions to help with tiering decisions
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Tiering decisions: This video includes some data analysis on grade 4 and 5 students, as well as explaining the use of assessment using the crossover questions to guide you to make well informed tiering decisions.

GCSE Maths: How to use the Enhanced Tiering Suppor
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Tiering decisions: A guide to using our Enhanced Tiering Support resources, including how to use the assessments and how to analyse the results.

GCSE Maths: Intervention strategies to support struggling Higher Tier students
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Intervention: This video analyses data for Higher Tier grade 4 and 5 students and the need for targeted intervention for those learners.

GCSE Maths: How to set up a classroom for independent learning
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Motivating students: This video presents a description of how to use ‘learning zones’ in the classroom to promote independent learning and making the best use of your teaching time.

GCSE Maths: How to identify the higher performers
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Stretch and challenge strategies: This video talks you through some of the characteristics of higher attaining students and gifted underachieving learners. You’ll get some tips on how to plan for these students and some practical suggestions to support them.

GCSE Maths: How to challenge grade 9 learners
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Stretch and challenge strategies: This video includes some examples of how to use investigation questions to challenge the grade 9 learners, and the ‘Jig-Saw Method’ to challenge grade 9 learners in group work.

GCSE Maths: Continuity in topics from GCSE to A level
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Transition to A level: A look at the GCSE topics that are also included in the A level specification. Some examples of assessment questions which assess those topics, as well as an overview of some of the new topics that will be introduced at A level.

GCSE Maths: Showing the progression from GCSE to AS level questioning
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Transition to A level: A look at a range of AS level questions to identify the continuity from GCSE to AS level, as well as teaching and learning strategies to help students use their GCSE knowledge at AS level.

GCSE Maths: Ensuring a consistent approach to online learning
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Effective ways to deliver online lessons: A discussion of why consistency in online learning is so vital in promoting effective remote learning and a practical example of how to approach digital learning efficiently.

GCSE Maths: How to organise your online classroom resources
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Effective ways to deliver online lessons: This video gives some practical hints and tips on how to organise your digital resources for students to ensure they have access to exactly what they need, when they need it.

GCSE Maths: Blended learning approaches and adapting instructions to suit online learning
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Effective ways to deliver online lessons: More information on blended learning from Maths teacher and Pearson Credible Specialist, Melios Michael.

GCSE Maths: Online textbooks and interactive resources to support learning
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Digital Maths platforms to support GCSE Maths: How to use digital textbooks and digital resources like online calculators to effectively support online learning. There is also an overview of some of the best online platforms and resources to use to support learners working remotely.

GCSE Maths: How to organise your online classroom resources
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Access to Scripts: How to gain access to students’ exam scripts using Access to Scripts and some tips on how to use it effectively in your teaching.

GCSE Maths: The research behind the importance of using prior knowledge in learning
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Prior knowledge: This video presents an overview of the research behind why prior knowledge is so important in learning, and how it can impact students’ future progress.