School in driving seat to inspire top marks in maths in Milton Keynes

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A secondary school has been selected as one of 32 schools and academy trusts in the country to become a new hub for maths education.

An £11million initiative from the Department for Eduction will, for the first time, put schools in the driving seat to tailor improvement on how maths is taught in their area.

And after being chosen to lead the city, Denbigh School in Shenley Church End will influence more than 600 schools in MK, Beds, Bucks and Northamptonshire.

Mr Andy Squires, senior deputy headteacher at the technology college, believes breaking down the best ways to teach maths encourages students to believe they can conquer the subject.

He said: “It is another thing that puts Milton Keynes on the map.

“It’s also a testament to the impact we have had for Maths outcomes for young people within Denbigh and across the area.

“We have great schools and head teachers who are having a real impact. Having a strong quality schooling system is very postive and what will attract people into the area.”

Mr Squires has already visited Shanghai and Singapore to explore their innovative practice in maths education ahead of an exchange of teachers between schools in the hub and schools in China.

He added: “In Shanghai they have a culture of grit and determination which they use to achieve high levels.

“I don’t think we have the same resilience here.

“We need to make sure students are engaged and inspired so they believe they can do it.”

Denbigh will work with its strategic partners, Shenley Brook End School, Two Mile Ash School, Pilgrim Teaching School Alliance, Chiltern Teaching School Alliance, Oakgrove Teaching School Consortium and the Open University to help teachers improve the effectiveness of maths lessons, in primary and secondary schools.

Planned improvements include developing teachers’ effectiveness in maths lessons, providing a wider range of maths-related enrichment activities for pupils and producing new materials for use in classrooms.