For those of you not familiar with the Maths Hub structure, the country has been divided into 32 Hubs which all came into being in September 2014. Hubs are a structure, within a school led system, for promoting and connecting different schools and organisations that aim to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics through collaborative CPD.
There are four Hubs in the South West from Gloucester to Cornwall. A school does not have to belong to a Hub but can choose to join particular work groups, though location is likely to dictate the easiest Hub for this. Each Hub has a Lead School, The Woodroffe School being that for the Jurassic Maths Hub, but the structure is designed to be a mesh or web of interconnections.
Who Directs the Hub?
The Jurassic Maths Hub has a Steering Group of Math’s Leaders and Senior Leaders from Primary, Secondary, and Grammar schools together with the University of Exeter and advisors from across the different regions. The National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching of Maths have a central role to guide all of the Hubs.
The Teaching Schools alliances involved are:
- Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools Alliance
- South West Academic Trust
- Twynham Learning Alliance
- Teaching Alliance of Dorset
- East Dorset Alliance
- Poole Teaching School Alliance
- Wessex Teaching School Alliance
What is the Hub Doing?
A detailed action plan is in place for this year that includes ten local and three national work groups. The most advanced project is the Shanghai- England Research Project which has encompassed Secondary and Primary teachers vsiting Shanghai schools, Shanghai teachers teaching in Hub schools and is now moving into the trial phase of initial findings.
The second national project is the review and trial of textbooks from Singapore, and the third is the raising of particpation at Post-16 including the introduction of Core Maths. Locally this is being piloted by South Dartmoor Community College and Queen Elizabeth’s School, Blandford. A key local focus for the Hub is supporting the Maths Leads network for Devon and Dorset, and is intending to establish a similar network in Somerset.
The Steering Group are clear that the majority of the funding available locally should be spent on classroom based CPD as that makes the most significant difference in the long-term and is a well-established model for schools working together.