Bringing maths alive for students at academy

TEACHERS at one school will be taking maths out of the classroom to try to raise students’ aspirations.

Two hundred and fifty GCSE students from The St Leonards Academy will next month spend the day at the AMEX stadium in Brighton, putting maths into practice through a range of interactive activities.

The event is part of the academy’s “Maths Made to Measure” programme, a new initiative which began in September.

Letty Gallagher, lead teacher for maths at The St Leonards Academy, said: “We are trying to get the students to understand maths is not a dry subject. We recognise there is a weakness in that area.”

She added: “The aspirations of the students in Hastings need to be raised.

“They need to see there is scope for them going further with maths, and that maths can lead to a well-paid job.”

While at the stadium, students will be looking at the maths involved in all elements of the football game.

Ms Gallagher was nominated by the academy to join the Teaching Leaders programme, and as part of this aims to raise the number of students who are getting an A*-C grade from 56 per cent to 65 per cent.

Teaching Leaders is a National College supported education charity growing a movement of outstanding middle leaders (heads of department or year) who measurably improve student results in schools working in challenging circumstances across the country.

Previously, Teaching Leaders has focused on addressing educational disadvantage in and around urban settings.

This year, for the first time, Teaching Leaders is working with nine individuals who teach in six schools across Hastings and Brighton.

The focus of their learning is an ‘improvement initiative’ where they select a group of students to work very closely with to raise attainment.