ICCAMS (Increasing Confidence and Competence in Algebra and Multiplicative Structures) is designed to teach two mathematical areas that are a key part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum, but which cause particular problems to students – algebra and multiplicative reasoning (e.g. percentages and proportions). The programme is comprised of 40 evidence-informed lessons. The lessons are designed to help teachers use formative assessment in maths, helping teachers to identify the problems pupils struggle with and how to address them. Activities are set in contexts that pupils can engage with, are collaborative, and use visual representations to help deepen understanding.
The programme includes extensive teacher professional development, this is made up of a two year CPD package consisting of 9 days of training and support in between. Two year 7 maths teachers will be trained and will be expected to work with other Maths teachers in Key Stage 3 to embed the approach in their school for at least two years.
The Education Endowment Foundation are currently running a project investigating the effectiveness of ICCAMS.
The Education Endowment Foundation are funding this evaluation because ICCAMS is based on formative assessment, which has strong evidence of impact, but which teachers struggle to implement. This is partly due to the often generic descriptions of it, whereas ICCAMS includes subject-specific guidance the formative feedback in ICCAMS. The evaluation report should be available in summer 2019.