23 April 2014
More than 270 schools across England have expressed an interest in taking the lead role in 30 new, locally-based Maths Hubs across England. The Maths Hubs programme, announced in March and funded by the DfE, is being coordinated by the NCETM.
Around 80 of the schools have now been invited to submit full applications to fill the role, an essential part of which will be to form a collaborative group of partner schools, other institutions and individuals with expertise in maths education - all for the benefit of maths teaching and learning in schools and colleges across a broad geographical area.
The schools chosen for the lead role in each of the hubs will be announced in early June.
The aim of the overall Maths Hubs initiative, which will be facilitated centrally by the NCETM, is that every school and college in England, from early years to the post-16 sector, will be able to access locally-tailored and high quality support in all areas of maths teaching and learning. Each hub will bring together a broad range of maths education expertise in its area. It will identify local mathematics education needs, and design a system of CPD and other provision to address those needs. A total of £11m of funding has been initially allocated to the programme by the DfE.
The NCETM’s Director Charlie Stripp said: ‘We are delighted that such a large number of schools, all with outstanding records, both in maths and in overall achievement, have shown interest in leading a Maths Hub. We understand that those who’ve not made it through to the next stage will be disappointed. But that is an inevitable consequence of a process that attracts such a large amount of high quality interest. In addition, since the essence of this whole initiative is collaboration, we very much hope that the schools not chosen to go forward to lead a hub will continue to engage positively with the programme and, as hubs become established, will play an active role in contributing to their local hub’s work to improve maths education.’