In recognition of their excellence in the teaching and learning of mathematics, St Richard’s is proud to be a strategic partner with the Inspire TSA and Newick TSA in the achievement of becoming a Maths Hub. Phase one of the project has its focus within the primary sector and includes a China/England project with a teacher exchange between the two countries. We are very excited about the potential learning from this project and its outcomes for the teaching of mathematics in the UK.
The Sussex Maths Hub structure is shown below:
Here is a summary of the work to date for the Raising Achievement Group:
England China Research Innovation Project
Natalie Alty, Deputy Head Newick Primary School and Geraldine Machin, St Richard’s Catholic College visited China for two weeks in September 2014 looking at maths pedagogy. Natalie then hosted the Shanghai teachers at Newick where the teachers observed lessons and provided feedback. Since then teachers at Newick have put together resources for their schemes of work which reflect the Shanghai approach. Natalie has delivered a 3 hour workshop alongside East Sussex Maths Consultants to 32 schools looking at how to address misconceptions in ‘zero’, ‘equality’ and Fractions, Decimals, Ratio and Percentages. Newick have emphasised how this change in teaching approach has had a significant impact of their pupil’s understanding of maths. They are now looking to progress this project further by working more closely with the Singapore Textbook project.
Contact: (Natalie Alty) firstname.lastname@example.org
Use of high quality textbooks (linked to Singapore) to support teacher professional development and deep conceptual and procedural knowledge for pupils
Claire Rivers, Head at St Mark’s CEP and Pat Coleman, Head at Nutley Primary schools are leading this project. St Mark’s Primary, Hadlow Down and Nutley Primary, Uckfield.
This project is focussing on Year 1 classes by developing mastery, with whole class teaching, quick intervention, the development of depth and keeping the class working together. The project is adaptable in planning in order to follow the sequence of learning in the textbooks, with some flexibility to the order the topics are taught. There is a high focus on collaborative work to share planning and reflection. They have attended a five day training event and spoke extremely highly of the training they received. The text book they are using is Inspire Maths and they have started using the book with their classes. The focus here is developing the questioning that accompanies the work completed from the text book. They are reporting a significant impact with their pupils.
Increasing participation post-16
Jon Beaumont (Sussex Maths Hub Co-Lead, St Richard’s Catholic College) has been mapping post-16 provision across the Hub, and looking in particular to understand the variations of provider type in different areas (e.g. if schools are predominantly 11-16 or 11-18; if there are 6th form colleges only offering A level study as well as FE colleges with a broader offer; etc.). He has been collating and analysing participation data for the post-16 providers in the Hub (including 11-18 schools with their own sixth forms). From this data he has identified and met with three post-16 providers looking to increase their participation rates. They are Sussex Downs, Bexhill College and Beacon Academy. We are also working with the NCETM, FMSP, CMSP, Your Life, Collyers, The Weald School, Steyning Grammar, BHASVIC and Varndean College. We have found that East Sussex has a lower rate of 11-18 providers and this may be a reason for lower participation.
The work group will be looking to:
The hub region also has three Early Core Maths Adopters: Heathfield, Uckfield and Midhurst Rother. They have attended training events and will be looking at choosing a suitable exam board and developing schemes of work and resources. They will be supported by the Core Maths Lead, Derek Robinson, based at Bishop Luffa School, Chichester.
Contact: (Jon Beaumont) email@example.com
Developing specialist subject knowledge of teachers of mathematics and supporting teachers to address the new curriculum through targeted School to School Support
This is being led by Rob Carter (Head at St Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill)
The main aims of this work group are to:
Contact details: (Rob Carter) firstname.lastname@example.org