Priority 2: Maths

Our aim

Our aim is for the North Yorkshire Coast becomes an area where children excel in maths.

Why this is an area of focus?

  • Success in maths can have a huge impact on outcomes in later life.  Research suggests that children with high mathematics scores at age 10 earn 7% more at age 30 than others.
  • Disadvantage is playing a large part in affecting children’s outcomes in maths. In 2016 disadvantaged pupils attained almost nine percentage points lower than disadvantaged pupils nationally at the end of key stage 4. This trend is reflected from the early years through to secondary school on the the North Yorkshire Coast. All pupils on the North Yorkshire Coast are underperforming in the maths element of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), but deprived pupils fare particularly poorly.
  • There are exciting future opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries on the North Yorkshire Coast, including in the many successful engineering companies and in health and construction. We want young people in the area leaving school ready to take advantage of these exciting and high skilled careers.
  • There are already pockets of great maths teaching in primary schools in the area that we can learn from, to help sustain and embed the same level of high quality teaching and enthusiasm for maths in all schools.
  • We want to encourage all children in the area to share a love of maths. We need to work with leaders in the area to change the perception that not being good at maths is OK.

What will we do?

We are proposing 4 linked activities as part of this priority:

  1. Maths centre: This will be located within a school on the North Yorkshire Coast and we will work closely with the Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub to provide support and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for teachers in the area and build leadership in maths. Working closely with Research Schools, it will ensure schools get the support they need to embed evidence based practice in maths.
  2. Developing great maths teaching: We will use the principles of teaching for mastery to create a shared vision of what great maths teaching looks like. Primary and secondary teachers in maths will benefit from the best training and CPD opportunities in order to develop their skills.
  3. Maths transition: We will support transition between key stage 2 and key stage 3 to ensure primary and secondary schools have a shared understanding of the common areas that children struggle with in maths and where there are common strengths.
  4. Love of maths: We will involve local leaders, STEM ambassadors, other businesses on the North Yorkshire Coast, parents and the community to help change perceptions and encourage high aspirations in maths. We’ll also commission proven approaches to parental engagement in numeracy.

Our targets

  • 80% of primary schools are adopting the principles of teaching for mastery, having been involved in teacher research groups led by trained maths specialists.
  • 75% of all pupils reach expected standard in maths in key stage 1. In 2015/16, 64% reached this standard.
  • Primary and secondary schools in the area sharing a strong understanding of excellent evidence based maths teaching, through. For example, through maths centre-led Teach Meets, and a shared understanding of the areas of strengths and weaknesses of their pupils on transition between key stage 2 and key stage 3.