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Headteacher Rob Carter at St Paul's College with Maths students ahead of changes to become a Maths Hub. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140707-170651001

Headteacher Rob Carter at St Paul's College with Maths students ahead of changes to become a Maths Hub. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140707-170651001

A Burgess Hill college has been chosen as one of 32 schools in England to sample Shanghai style teaching.

St. Paul’s Catholic College, in Jane Murray Way, will become one of the government’s ‘maths hubs’, meaning it will host Chinese teachers, who will offer “masterclasses” to other schools in their local area.

It will be partly responsible for ensuring students in this country reach the same level in the subject as their far Eastern peers including Japan, Singapore and China.

Rob Carter, headteacher at St. Paul’s Catholic College, said: “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with our outstanding strategic partners to raise achievement in maths, develop innovative learning and inspire the best teacher training for maths specialists.

“By doing this maths in this country can truly become ‘world-class’.”

These ‘pace-setters’ will implement the Asian-style mastery approach to maths which has achieved world-leading success.

Later this year, 50 teachers from Shanghai will be flown over to the hubs to teach pupils and run masterclasses for other teachers. Lessons will then be shared online.

Two maths teachers from each of the hubs will be sent to work in schools in China for at least a month.

The hubs will also share online lesson plans, teach their children maths everyday and encourage teachers to take part in research projects.

Students should gain a deep understanding of formal maths including columnar addition, subtraction, long multiplication, long division, times tables and number bonds.

The £11 million programme is being developed with academics from Shanghai Normal University and the UK’s National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM).

In the latest international comparison tests, Shanghai came top in maths while the UK was 26th. The UK’s performance has remained stable since 2006.

St Paul’s Catholic College has worked in partnership with a college in Bexhill to develop a plan for the development of outstanding Maths learning, teaching and progress across Sussex.

 

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