There are four main questions that we ask of the programme:
- To what extent and in what ways does teachers’ practice of lesson study improve pupils’ mathematics learning?
- To what extent and in what ways does teachers’ practice of lesson study increase teacher confidence in their own mathematics curriculum knowledge and pedagogic knowledge?
- How effective is the programme for promoting and sustaining lesson study practice in schools?
- How effective is the programme for developing and sustaining lesson study based communities of practice?
We are gathering a range of teacher and pupil outcome data meticulously from the teachers and schools involved, so that we can track the way that they are responding to the challenges of the new curriculum and increasing the progress of pupils.
Two further lines of enquiry from which we will also be developing tools are:
- What social conditions and leadership support are necessary for lesson study to take root in schools and become a whole school development tool?
- How can Mathematics Lesson Study hubs be organised and supported so that they become self-sufficient and self-sustaining?
Again – this programme will produce well evidenced and high quality tools and processes to help others across the capital to do the same.