Pilot
Study

Calling all maths teachers - we need your help with our pilot study.

Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching Pilot Study 

The Brilliant Club is looking for maths teachers who would be interested in taking part in a pilot study. Participants who complete the study will receive a £15 John Lewis voucher and more importantly contribute to our understanding of subject knowledge and high-quality mathematics instruction. Participants will take a short mathematical knowledge for teaching assessment alongside some demographic questions. All individual results will remain anonymous. 

The Brilliant Club is a charity whose mission is to increase the number of pupils from underrepresented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. We run a programme called Researchers in School (RIS) which recruits PhD graduates, places them in schools as trainee teachers and supports them to develop as excellent teachers and research leaders. 

We are really interested in increasing our understanding of how teachers combine their knowledge of mathematical concepts with their pedagogical knowledge to effectively communicate ideas with pupils. This 45-minute-long assessment will ask you to answer questions based on your knowledge of mathematics and of teaching mathematics. There will also be a short survey to complete following the assessment. 

The assessment will be completed online and can be done any time between the 2nd November and 16th November.  

If you are interested in taking part in this study please complete this expression of interest survey. once you have completed it, and if you are eligible, you will receive information about how to access the assessment.  

If you have any questions at all about the study or how your data may be used please contact: gil.brandt@researchersinschools.org 

 

FAQs

What is the aim of this study?

We are always trying to better understand the impact of our recruitment and training processes. We would like to better understand the connection between having a PhD in mathematics, receiving RIS training and teachers’ subsequent mathematical knowledge for teaching.  

What do you need me for? 

We need to construct some control groups that will better help us separate factors such as time in the profession, prior qualifications, and training received and therefore help us pinpoint which elements of our programme are most effective. 

Why are we only asking maths teachers? 

For now we are conducting a small pilot using maths teachers. There has been a lot more research on mathematical knowledge for teaching than any other subject. Validated tools already exist as well as a lot of comparative research and guidance for best practice. This area of research is growing in other subjects and if our pilot is successful then we may look at expanding similar research into other subject areas. 

How will my data be stored and used? 

We will be storing data securely on our servers. We will not under any circumstance release individual teacher data. All analysis will be conducted on the combined group data. All data will be anonymised using unique identifiers which will be sent to your email. We will need to track completion of the assessment in order to send you your voucher. However, following completion we will remove the unique identifiers from the system ensuring a very high level of anonymity. 

Can I find out how I did on the assessment? 

In line with guidance for best practice we will not release individual assessment scores even to takers of the assessment. There are two reasons for this. First, we do not want individual test data being released by accident. Second, on this assessment individual data is not meaningful and the research guidance is clear that interpretations should not be made on the basis on an individual’s scores.