Portsmouth to be centre of new maths hub in link with China

Speaker Fiona Allen addresses the audience at the Solent Maths Hub launch. Picture: Malcolm Wells (143127-5911)

Speaker Fiona Allen addresses the audience at the Solent Maths Hub launch. Picture: Malcolm Wells (143127-5911)

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They will be sharing their experiences with schools in China as part of a brand new maths hub that has been launched in Portsmouth.

As reported in The News, The Mary Rose Academy has been selected as one of only 32 schools and colleges in England to take the lead role in a new network of school-based hubs.

The academy is the lead school in the Solent Maths Hub which covers Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, Southampton, and the majority of Hampshire.

The hubs are being designed to improve maths education for children and teenagers of all ages nationwide.

The programme will involve an exchange programme of teachers between local schools in the hub and schools in Shanghai, China.

Elizabeth Giltinan, headteacher at Corpus Christi Primary School in North End, Portsmouth, has been to Shanghai.

She said of her trip: ‘It was very beneficial. It gave us the opportunity to work together and see what was suitable for our school.

‘I think it’s a very good way of focusing on maths.’

The maths hubs programme, funded by £11m from the Department for Education, enables schools and colleges to tailor initiatives to improve maths.

Barbara Rodgers is from the Mary Rose Academy. She said: ‘It’s a massive boost for the city.

‘What we are hopeful of is that it will have a real impact on young people going through our schools at all levels.

‘What we are doing is looking at countries from across the world to see best practice there and also sharing best practice with those countries.’

Schools, colleges and universities will share expertise and experience to help teachers improve lessons.

This will be carried out by developing teachers’ effectiveness in maths lessons, providing a wider range of activities for pupils and producing new materials for use in class and for teachers’ development.

Councillor Neill Young, cabinet member for children and education for Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘The Solent Maths Hub is excellent news both for our schools and pupils, not just to help improve our maths results from key stage one through to GCSEs but for the longer term to help to improve the numeracy of the city.’

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