Primary mathematics project celebrations

The University of Brighton has been working with Sussex Coast Teaching School Alliance on a project focussed on driving up attainment in primary mathematics.

A celebration of the impact of the project took place on Tuesday 21 May at the University’s Falmer campus. 16 primary schools from across the city came together to present how the project has improved the mathematics teaching in their schools.

The project was funded by the Department of Education, Strategic School Improvement Fund and brought an additional £150k into Brighton & Hove schools.  Sussex Coast Teaching School Alliance has worked closely with Coldean Primary School and University of Brighton primary mathematics tutors to share expertise in mathematics and spread this knowledge to other schools.

Luke Lording, Headteacher at Mile Oak School in Hangleton said: “I cannot speak highly enough of this project and the impact that it has had at Mile Oak for our staff and most importantly our children.”

Benfield Primary School was selected to become a national teaching school, known as the Sussex Coast Teaching School Alliance in 2017 and has taken a lead role in helping schools across the city and beyond to develop and improve.  Work has focussed on working with partner schools to develop leadership, share expertise and train the next generation of teachers.

Helen Horsley, Head of Sussex Coast Teaching School Alliance said: “This has been an excellent opportunity for schools across Brighton & Hove to raise standards in mathematics.  We look forward to continued improvements as teachers use the skills they have learnt.”

Primary mathematics tutors from the University of Brighton, Lesley Hope and Richard Harvey-Swanston, supported the schools in developing a collaborative approach to professional development through adopting a ‘lesson study’ model.

Following the evaluation event, they stated: “The project participants have shown tremendous commitment to driving change in their schools.

“They have developed new ways of working, both within the project group and in their own settings, that will enable them to continue the progress in teaching and learning already made.”

For further information please contact Vanessa Charles – Teaching School Manager

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