KS2 Maths Improvement Programme 2018-2019
Taunton Teaching Alliance is delighted to be leading the KS2 Maths Improvement Programme 2018-2019 made possible through Heathfield Community School’s successful bid to the Department for Education’s Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF).
The £140 million SSIF is a government grant intended to further build and develop a school-led system (support provided by schools, for schools) of education improvement and aims to target resources at the schools and students most in need by aiding projects developing school leadership, governance, teaching methods/approaches and schools’ financial health and efficiency.
Heathfield Community School’s successful SSIF bid means that £275,000 has been awarded to deliver the KS2 Maths Improvement Programme 2018-2019: Developing and embedding successful and sustainable strategies in Somerset schools to improve progress and attainment in KS2 Maths. Managed and administered by Taunton Teaching Alliance, this project aims to improve the KS2 Maths outcomes of up to 23 invited Somerset Primary and Middle schools. The programme will be delivered over 14 months (January 2017 – April 2019), in collaboration with strategic partners and recognised Maths support providers.
- The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) – Maths Assessments
- HegartyMaths – Online Maths platform supporting independent learning
- Boolean Maths Hub – SLE led Year 5/6 Maths Teacher Training
- Oxford University Press (Numicon) – Training and support and Maths Expert Programme for subject leads
- Catch-Up Numeracy – Training and support for Maths teachers and teaching assistants to deliver specialist one-to-one numeracy intervention
- OLEVI Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme (OTAP) – Training and support for teaching assistants to effectively support Maths teaching and learning in the classroom
- Wessex Teaching School Alliance – Improved Maths Progress and Class Teaching (IMPACT)
Summative research from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) instantiates that a successful approach to developing Mathematics in schools is “likely to involve a mix of whole class teaching, small group and one-to-one tuition, alongside teaching assistants delivering structured interventions in a targeted manner.” The current programme’s strategic partners and training components have all been specifically chosen to provide this deliberate range of sustainable training, support and strategy to ensure improved KS2 Maths outcomes for the participating schools in the short, medium and longer term. The specific aims of the KS2 Maths Improvement Programme are:
- To improve outcomes in participating schools from significantly below expected, to broadly in line with national standards
- To build on this and sustain the increase, so that results become significantly above nationally expected outcomes for future cohorts
- To embed the strategies into participating schools in a sustainable way
- To ensure that the senior leaders, teachers and the teaching assistants in the participating schools are all convinced of the efficacy of the programmes, that they are the ones who are empowered to deliver them, equipped with the necessary resources to do so
- To equally empower the students so that they are confident, happy and inquiring users of Maths who have developed the metacognitive skills to transform themselves.
KS2 Maths Improvement Programme 2017 (completed)
Through a process run by the Somerset Education Partnership Board, three Teaching School Alliances (Taunton Teaching Alliance, Wessex Teaching Alliance and The Redstart Teaching Alliance) were commissioned by the Local Authority to run an improvement programme of training with a focus on improving Key Stage 2 Maths outcomes across the county. This project released £60,000 of funding to support schools’ efforts to improve their outcomes in Key Stage 2 Maths and all Primary and Middle schools across Somerset were invited to take part.
Download the PowerPoint presentation given by programme leaders Bernie Green, Pauline Price and Suzanne Flack at the TSC South West leadership conference: Making Intentional Design a Reality (31.03.17):
The support is organised in 4 strands:
Strand 1: Maths Subject Leader Briefings and Leadership Training
Half termly briefings for maths leaders and potential maths leaders delivered by the Course Leaders and Boolean Maths Hub leaders (from the Bristol Primary Maths Hub) and Jurassic Coast Maths Hub leaders.
Launch Event at Heathfield Community School
Tuesday 10th January 2017, 4-6pm
- Tuesday 28 February 2017, 4:30-6pm – Redstart Primary School, Chard
Leading Outstanding Teaching and Learning in Maths
- Wednesday 8 March 2017, 4:30-6pm – Preston C of E Primary School, Yeovil
Data, Self-Evaluation and Improvement Planning
- Thursday 20 April 2017, 4:30-6pm – Huish Primary School, Yeovil
- Monday 10 July, 4:30-6pm 2017 – Heathfield Community School, Taunton
Dealing with Under-Performance and Holding Colleagues to Account
Strand 2: IMPACT (Improved Maths Progress and Classroom Teaching)
Training for teachers from accredited SLEs to improve their practice in the classroom. This programme and its associated training sessions were hosted on-site in Somerset Primary Teaching Schools and delivered by specialist, trained practitioners.
IMPACT – Training Dates:
Spring Term 2017
Cohort 1 – The Redstart Primary School (Middle School Delegates – 8 participants) FULL
Event 1: All Day at Castle Primary – Tuesday 17 January, 8:45am – 3:30pm
Event 2: All Day at The Redstart Primary – Tuesday 31 January, 8:45am – 3:30pm
Event 3: AM at Buckland St Mary C of E Primary – Tuesday 28 February, 8:45am – 1pm
Event 4: All Day at The Redstart Primary – Tuesday 14 March, 8:45am – 3:30pm
Cohort 2 – Huish Primary School (Primary School Delegates – 15 participants) FULL
Event 1: All Day at Huish Primary – Thursday 19 January, 8:45am – 3:30pm
Event 2: All Day at Preston Primary – Thursday 2 February, 8:45am – 3:30pm
Event 3: AM session at Huish Primary – Thursday 23 February, 8:45am – 1pm
Event 4: All Day session at Preston Primary – Thursday 9 March 8:45am – 3:30pm
Summer Term 2017
Cohort 3 – The Redstart Primary School (Primary School Delegates – 8 participants) FULL
Event 1: All Day at Castle Primary – Monday 24 April, 8:45am – 3:30pm
Event 2: All Day at The Redstart Primary – Tuesday 16 May, 8:45am – 3:30pm
Event 3: AM at Buckland St Mary C of E Primary – Tuesday 6 June, 8:45am to 1pm
Event 4: All Day at The Redstart Primary – Tuesday 20 June, 8:45am to 3:30pm
Cohort – 4 Huish Primary School (Primary School Delegates – 15 participants) FULL
Event 1: All Day at Huish Primary – Thursday 18 May, 8:45am – 3:30pm
Event 2: AM at Preston Primary – Thursday 8 June, 8:45am – 1pm
Event 3: All Day at Huish Primary – Thursday 22 June, 8:45am – 3:30pm
Event 4: All Day at Preston Primary – Thursday 6 July, 8:45am – 3:30pm
Autumn Term 2017
Cohort 5: Redstart Primary School (Primary School Delegates – 8 participants) FULL
Event 1: All Day at Castle Primary – Tuesday 19 September, 8:45am – 3:30pm
Event 2: All Day at The Redstart Primary – Tuesday 10 October, 8:45am – 3:30pm
Event 3: AM at Minerva Primary – Tuesday 7 November, 8:45am – 1pm
Event 4: All Day at The Redstart Primary – Tuesday 28 November, 8:45am – 3:30pm
Strand 3: Maths Training for Year 6 Teachers
Maths training with a specific focus on Year 6, these were pragmatic and practical sessions, focusing on techniques and strategies to accelerate progress and boost attainment. This training was delivered by Stewart McSmythurs, an experienced SLE from Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance, and was accredited by the Boolean Maths Hub. There were two cohorts of teachers with a maximum of 35 places available in each group.
Training took place at Monks Yard in Ilminster and was organised in two one-day sessions per cohort as follows:
- Cohort 1
Thursday 12 January 2017, 8:45am – 3:30pm
Friday 20 January 2017, 8:45am – 3:30pm
- Cohort 2
Friday 27 January 2017, 8:45am-3:30pm
Friday 3 February 2017, 8:45am-3:30pm
Download the Year 6 Maths Training slides and resources.
Strand 4: Bespoke SLE Support
Priority schools that were eligible for bespoke SLE support were informed and their needs collated. Support began in January 2017. These schools also had their supply costs funded for the IMPACT programme and Year 6 training.
Accessing the support
In collaboration with the Local Authority, over 50 schools were invite to be part of this exciting improvement opportunity and these schools were prioritised. Should there have been any spare capacity and/or demand for more schools to take part, course leaders would have looked to provide opportunities for a wider number of schools.
There was no cost to schools for the training. All bespoke SLE support was costed into the bid and as such had no cost to a receiving school.
Administration and Organisation
This programme was administered through Taunton Teaching Alliance at Heathfield Community School
Should you have any questions regarding this past KS2 Maths Improvement Programme 2017, please email any one of the course leaders:
Tony Bloxham (Taunton Teaching Alliance)
Pauline Price (Huish Primary School)
Bernie Green (Preston Church of England Primary School)
Suzanne Flack (The Redstart Learning Partnership)