Teachers from Westlea Primary School have won a third grant from the prestigious National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) to carry out research into innovative forms of assessment.
During this academic year the school is investigating how an initiative called ‘Big Maths’ is affecting teaching and learning in the school.
Big Maths is an opportunity for the teachers to ‘step back, observe, listen and record’ how children approach a mathematical task in order to identify children’s misunderstandings. It develops the use of questioning and communication in a mathematical environment.
NCETM South West Regional Coordinator Pete Griffin, said, “we are very impressed by the way in which the school has made the most of this valuable opportunity to develop their knowledge of mathematics teaching and learning. The impact has been remarkable and is helping transform their pupils’ experience of learning mathematics, with all the benefits that will bring to their lives.”
Headteacher Suzanne Seaton believes Westlea is doing more than just teaching children. “Good teachers constantly reassess their own practice and strive to provide the best learning experiences to all children. This project will improve the quality of teaching and learning across the school.”
• Based on last year’s SATs Westlea Primary School is adjudged to be in the top 6 per cent of schools nationally for progress in 2010. Mrs Seaton said, “we are thrilled by this news; it’s testament to the hard work of the staff and the parents who support their children. It is a tremendous team effort.”