Leicester College was selected as a Maths Centre For Excellence in October 2018, to support improvements in post-16 maths education.
One of 21 Centres for Excellence in the UK, we will be working to develop and trial different maths approaches to teach post-16 students who have not already gained a pass at GCSE level, or equivalent, to improve their skills.
Our role as a Centre for Excellence is to work with other education partners in the region to explore ways of using mastery to support more efficient and intelligent ways of teaching and learning, and share good practice with the network.
The network includes:
- Gateway College
- North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College
- Nottingham College
- Stephenson College
- The Skills and Education Group
As well as supporting students to develop their maths skills, the network will also provide professional development opportunities for dedicated and enthusiastic maths teachers in further education. Teachers will be able to work collaboratively on action research projects and work together to evaluate the approaches tested.
Funding is available to cover the costs of releasing teachers to attend training and for their research.
In addition to the network, a number of partners have committed to supporting the initiative. These are:
- Education and Training Foundation – main project lead
- Association of Colleges – leading termly forums
- Pearson – developing materials and handbooks
- University of Nottingham – supporting the trials and quantifying data
- Behavioural Insights – technical support
- EEDI – diagnostic tools, baseline assessments, and general support
- Touch Consulting – training of advanced practioners
- White Rose Maths – mastery experts
- PET-Xi – CPD delivery
Organisations which are interested in joining the network should contact Michelle Bilby by calling 0116 224 2240.