Moredon Primary and Nursery School has won the Outstanding Numeracy Initiative at the TES Schools Awards 2009 (www.tes.co.uk/awards) ceremony held on 9 June at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. Moredon Primary and Nursery School was one of three schools shortlisted for the award but won due to its outstanding work building on research on developments in numeracy.
The first annual TES Schools Awards ceremony recognised and rewarded the professionalism and flare of those teams making an outstanding contribution to primary and secondary schools in the maintained and independent sectors. The awards celebrated success in teaching, leadership, community involvement and new building.
300 schools submitted entries for the 15 categories which included Primary School of the Year, Secondary School of the Year, Outstanding Sustainable School, Outstanding Sporting Initiative, and Best School Dinners Award.
The judges commented: "The school has made excellent moves to take forward a number of strategies," and to "build up the problem-solving and team-working skills of the pupils."
Gerard Kelly, Editor, Times Educational Supplement, commented: "Moredon's problem-solving approach in its maths classes made it a clear winner. Its innovative methods are reflected in its impressive exam results."
Assistant Head teacher Violet McLaren said she had developed a teaching strategy which encourages youngsters to learn about maths through discussion after observing teaching methods in Chinese schools. "The problem we faced was that pupils get into SATs and often not know how to approach a question. Each classroom has a Working Wall which shows how to perform each of the four mathematical functions. The walls have a whiteboard area where fresh problems appear each day and children are encouraged to try them at any time.
"Our approach is far less formal and they can get into serious mathematical discussions without worrying about getting things wrong."
"I am delighted that our numeracy action research project won the award. I have enjoyed developing this project within the school and with the impact it has had on our exam results. I would especially like to thank the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Maths) for sponsoring my project. The pupils love the approach and respond really positively to it. It is great to have our work recognised at this level."
Moredon head teacher Lauren Connor commented, "We're thrilled to have won this award recognising the hard work, commitment and creativity of our staff and students."
Almost 700 people gathered to celebrate the sector's achievements at the awards ceremony, held at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. To view the full list of winners, pick up a copy of Times Educational Supplement, available in newsagents from 12 June.