The Department for Education awarded Harrogate Grammar School as a Maths Hub after a rigorous application process; this is a new government-led initiative to create regional centres for collaborative, school-led development and improvement of mathematics teaching and learning. The focus is on working in partnership to improve student achievement, participation and attitudes.
|Mr Sheriff, Red Kite Alliance Director, said: “This is testimony to the hard work of not only Harrogate Grammar School’s strong Maths department, but of the school and of the Red Kite Teaching School Alliance as a whole.”|
The school and Red Kite Alliance will principally be providing links with several hundred other schools and alliances across the region, including primary, secondary, post 16 and further/higher education partners, ensuring that the needs of schools are identified and met by providing bespoke support and development programmes. Colin Prestwich, Executive Head of Maths at Harrogate Grammar School, sees this as a real opportunity to bring together a range of expertise from across the region to maximise student potential and outcomes. The difference between this and other initiatives to improve Maths education is that it is school-led, meaning it will hopefully have a greater and lasting impact on how students are taught and learn, and also in areas such as initial teaching training and the recruitment of Maths specialists into the education sector.
The Maths Hub will also work on national innovation projects, one of which is an exchange with China; linked primary schools are being offered the opportunity to visit Shanghai in order to learn from the successful methods used in schools there. Colin Prestwich visited Shanghai last year: “This was a terrific opportunity for me to experience best practice worldwide. My team and I have already implemented changes to our way of doing things in order to improve the students’ experience and enable them to achieve their full potential in the subject.”
We welcome any educational institution or interested party who would like to support and get involved, or can contribute to improving the delivery of mathematics in the region, please contact us via email: YRMathshub@harrogategrammar.co.uk or tel: 01423 535636.