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Jane Jones: Ofsted, observations, marking, reasoning

January 3, 2018 - Podcast
Jane Jones: Ofsted, observations, marking, reasoning

On this episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, I spoke to Jane Jones.

Jane is a former teacher and head of maths who is now the HMI National Lead for Mathematics.

As regular listeners to this podcast will know, over the last two years I have significantly changed my approach to teaching. And frequently, when I present these new ideas to teachers, I hear things like “that’s all well and good, but Ofsted wouldn’t like it”. Well, here was my perfect opportunity to find out if that really is the case.

So, in an epic 3 hour interview, we covered the following things, and much, much more besides:

I flipping loved this conversation. Jane was a superb guest. She is down to earth, and really understands the pressures of both teaching maths and being a head of department, because she has been there. So, whether you are preparing for an inspection, just had one, or are genuinely interested in Ofsted’s views on teaching and learning in mathematics, then this is the episode for you. I personally felt refreshed and reassured.

Just before we crack on – you know what is coming here – I just wanted to mention my book “How I wish I’d taught maths”, which is being published by John Catt Educational. I have been incredibly fortunate to receive positive reviews from the likes of Dylan Wiliam, Doug Lemov, Jo Morgan, Dani Quinn, Will Emeny, Bruno Reddy and Peps McCrea, as well as a foreword by Kris Boulton. The book comes in at a whopping 150,000 words – 135,000 of which are Kris’ foreword… only messing. It is everything I have learned in the last two years, I am really proud of it, and I hope those of you who choose to snap it up will really enjoy it.

On Twitter, Jane is @JaneJonesHMI
Ofsted’s website is: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted

Jane Jones’ Big 3
1. NCETM
2. Made to Measure / Understanding the Score
3. Subject Associations: MA, ATMNAMA, AMET and NANAMIC 

Thanks so much for listening, and I really hope you enjoy the show!
Craig Barton

I am a maths teacher, currently teaching at Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, UK. Here are links to some of my work:
mrbartonnmaths.com
Mr Barton Maths Blog
Twitter: @mrbartonmaths
Diagnostic Questions
Book: How I wish I’d taught maths
Mr Barton Maths Podcast

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