Leading the way with maths tuition

Published on: 04 Feb 2015

Steve Taylor, chief executive of the Cabot Learning Federation, Claire Carter, head of the Cabot Teaching School, Lisa Pollard, leader of the maths hub, and guest speaker Charlie Stripp

SCHOOLS in the Fishponds area are leading the way in driving up the quality of maths teaching.

Bristol Metropolitan Academy hosted the launch last month of the Boolean Maths Hub, which is supporting schools across a wide area of the West.

The hub is a Government initiative led by the Cabot Learning Federation with Ashley Down Primary School. It is aimed at spreading successful techniques used in China.

The country’s 15-year-olds topped the 2012 international tables for maths, while England was in 26th place.

Mike Eatwell, head of Fishponds Church of England Academy, was among a group of British teachers who visited Shanghai last year to find out more about teaching techniques.

Also on the delegation were Mandy Milsom, executive principal with the CLF, and Sally Edwards, from Begbrook Primary School.

About 150 people attended the hub launch and heard a keynote speech from maths guru Charlie Stripp on improving maths standards for children and young people aged from three to 19.

Lisa Pollard, maths hub lead for the the CLF, said: “Having witnessed maths first hand in Shanghai, it is extremely exciting to bring that back to the South West and share this knowledge with my colleagues. This launch will be the start of a wide ranging programme of working with our federated academies and our partner schools.”


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