Goldsmiths' Maths Initiative
The Company has awarded a grant to three schools in Kent to create a new maths programme that will teach, influence and inspire both their own pupils and the wider education community: King’s Farm Primary School in Gravesend, Lawn Primary School in Northfleet and Whitehill Primary School in Gravesend.
Based on the principles of ‘Mastery Maths’, a form of mathematics teaching inspired by a style used in Singapore and Shanghai, the programme will give pupils a richer, deeper, learning experience. It enables pupils to become fluent in mathematics, reason and solve problems by applying their mathematics skills to problems.
Nick Harland, Deputy Clerk, said: “Lord Sutherland and the Trustees of the Goldsmiths’ Charity are delighted to support this innovative approach and look forward to seeing it become a reality in September 2017.”
Chris Jackson, Head of School at King’s Farm Primary School and Collaboration Lead, said: “Our ultimate commitment is to increase pupils’ enjoyment of maths and develop life-long passion for the subject. Longer term, we’ll use our knowledge and experience to share best practice enabling delivery of the programme within other schools in Gravesham.”
The four-year programme will be run by Kieran Mackle, an outstanding practitioner, a MaST (Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher) and author of “Tackling Misconceptions in Primary Mathematics”, published by Routledge earlier this year. As one of the 50 Specialist Leaders of Education selected to attend the 2014 Department for Education Shanghai project, Kieran has observed the ‘mastery’ approach first hand and has identified transferable practices to be used in the UK.
Pam Jones OBE, Executive Head of The Cedar Federation said: “We are thrilled that the three schools have been awarded this exciting opportunity which will see pupils’ aspirations and attainment raised. We look forward to sharing our progress and learning with other schools in Gravesham”.
Children and teachers from the Primary Schools visited Goldsmiths' Hall on Thursday 18 May and were presented with a cheque by Nick Harland, Deputy Clerk at the Goldsmiths' Company. The pupils then divided into teams to complete a quiz on Goldsmiths' Hall.
The programme will begin in September 2017 across all three schools.