Priority 2: Maths

Our aim

Our aim is for the North Yorkshire Coast becomes an area where children excel in maths.

Why this is an area of focus?

  • Success in maths can have a huge impact on outcomes in later life.  Research suggests that children with high mathematics scores at age 10 earn 7% more at age 30 than others.
  • Disadvantage is playing a large part in affecting children’s outcomes in maths. In 2016 disadvantaged pupils attained almost nine percentage points lower than disadvantaged pupils nationally at the end of key stage 4. This trend is reflected from the early years through to secondary school on the the North Yorkshire Coast. All pupils on the North Yorkshire Coast are underperforming in the maths element of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), but deprived pupils fare particularly poorly.
  • There are exciting future opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries on the North Yorkshire Coast, including in the many successful engineering companies and in health and construction. We want young people in the area leaving school ready to take advantage of these exciting and high skilled careers.
  • There are already pockets of great maths teaching in primary schools in the area that we can learn from, to help sustain and embed the same level of high quality teaching and enthusiasm for maths in all schools.
  • We want to encourage all children in the area to share a love of maths. We need to work with leaders in the area to change the perception that not being good at maths is OK.

What will we do?

We are proposing 4 linked activities as part of this priority:

  1. Maths centre: This will be located within a school on the North Yorkshire Coast and we will work closely with the Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub to provide support and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for teachers in the area and build leadership in maths. Working closely with Research Schools, it will ensure schools get the support they need to embed evidence based practice in maths.
  2. Developing great maths teaching: We will use the principles of teaching for mastery to create a shared vision of what great maths teaching looks like. Primary and secondary teachers in maths will benefit from the best training and CPD opportunities in order to develop their skills.
  3. Maths transition: We will support transition between key stage 2 and key stage 3 to ensure primary and secondary schools have a shared understanding of the common areas that children struggle with in maths and where there are common strengths.
  4. Love of maths: We will involve local leaders, STEM ambassadors, other businesses on the North Yorkshire Coast, parents and the community to help change perceptions and encourage high aspirations in maths. We’ll also commission proven approaches to parental engagement in numeracy.

Our targets

  • 80% of primary schools are adopting the principles of teaching for mastery, having been involved in teacher research groups led by trained maths specialists.
  • 75% of all pupils reach expected standard in maths in key stage 1. In 2015/16, 64% reached this standard.
  • Primary and secondary schools in the area sharing a strong understanding of excellent evidence based maths teaching through, for example, maths centre-led Teach Meets, and a shared understanding of the areas of strengths and weaknesses of their pupils on transition between key stage 2 and key stage 3.

Successes to date

  • There is a secondary maths network up and running across the area who are developing a programme of CPD designed to share good practice and upskill teachers teaching maths. There is also one secondary mastery specialist and another in training this year.
  • There are now 3 new and active primary mastery specialists across the area, embedding teaching for mastery approaches across the Coast to create a shared vision of what great maths teaching looks like. Primary and secondary teachers in maths are benefitting from localised training and CPD opportunities, led by local mastery specialists, in order to develop their skills.
  • Two rounds of the Maths Transition project have taken place to support transition between key stage 2 and key stage 3 Maths. Over 15 schools were involved, with another round being planned for this academic year.
  • March 2019 saw the first of an annual maths festival, ‘Maths Month’, a month long festival of maths in schools and community settings. Over 65% of schools engaged in events, and over 87% of primary schools competed in maths challenges online. Planning is already underway for Maths Month 2020.
  • The Shanghai maths exchange has been completed with great success. Two Shanghai teachers visited Northstead Primary School to share the practice of mastery maths and hold demonstration lessons for all the schools in the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area.


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