Impact of Our Work

Since our inception in 2014, the Great North Maths Hub has worked with 63% of schools across our region of Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland.

A total of 43% of our region’s schools have participated in the Teaching for Mastery Programme, initially as part of a Developing Teaching for Mastery Work Group and subsequently, have been supported in embedding and sustaining the approaches they explored in that first year of the programme.

Read some comments from our Work Group participants:

Read some comments from our Work Group participants:

Impact on teaching and learning...

“We have revisited our focus on formative assessment. Teachers are becoming more responsive during lessons because they are tighter when planning and use hinge point type questions as diagnostics.”

“Rather than teaching things for students to ‘do’, I now teach in a way that deepens understanding.”

Impact on teacher knowledge...

“How to breakdown a range of Maths questions for a topic and identify challenging areas and build up a knowledge of how to create challenging questions for differentiation.”

“Having the opportunity to trial things in my school and then have the person leading the training come to speak to me in my setting was very useful. The focus on my school felt very purposeful and as a school we got a lot out of this – our questions were answered and suggested achievable next steps were very useful.”

Impact on Students…

“Students have been encouraged to keep going when solving problems / carrying out investigations, in the aim to develop a resilient and can-do attitude.”

“A number of girls in Year 6 have become much more confident and enjoy maths because they have been given the opportunity to work in pairs and discuss work rather than see it solely as getting a set of questions right or wrong. Children who have often really struggled with maths have excelled with open-ended problem solving activities“

Anna Bunce, Head of Maths at Meadowdale Academy, first worked with the Great North Maths Hub when her school applied to be part of a Work Group in 2016. Staff from Meadowdale have since participated in numerous projects and Anna has gone on to develop and lead Work Groups for us. We asked Anna ‘What are the benefits of working with Great North Maths Hub?’