Raising attainment in maths

Our aim

We want Hastings to be a centre of excellence for teaching maths, and children and young people to have the mathematical knowledge they need to be successful. 

Why is this an issue?

  • Technology in the workplace increasingly demands mathematical skills
  • Achievement in maths is below the national average and pupils in Hastings made less progress in maths than their peers nationally

We are:

  • Providing over £500,000 to improve teaching of maths using Maths Mastery, an approach to teaching maths that has been shown to successfully improve attainment
  • Increasing the support of the Sussex Maths Hub to focus on maths in early years
  • Supporting secondary schools with their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programmes through training from STEM Learning
  • Improving the quality of maths teaching in further education through the University of Brighton and the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP)
  • Developing a network of great maths teachers in Hastings
  • Working with employers to promote the importance of maths

Our targets for 2021

  • Schools in Hastings to be expert in teaching maths for mastery approaches, as measured through evaluation surveys following the training of senior leaders, maths leaders and teachers
  • Pupils in Hastings to be in the top half of the country in maths attainment at all key stages, with disadvantaged pupils making more progress than disadvantaged children nationally