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Minister champions maths at city school

Education minister Liz Truss visits Outwood Grange Academy as part of a national drive to set up a new country wide maths hub.
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Education minister Liz Truss visits Outwood Grange Academy as part of a national drive to set up a new country wide maths hub. w307a426

An education minister visited Outwood Grange as the school was announced as a leading centre for the teaching of maths.

Conservative MP Liz Truss met teachers and students at the Potovens Lane college yesterday.

Outwood has become one of a national network of Maths Hubs, which will implement new ways of teaching maths as part of an £11m government scheme.

Academics from Shanghai will help develop the programme, designed to bring the maths skills of British kids into line with youngsters in top-performing schools in east Asia.

The minister visited Outwood Grange Academy, Outwood Institute of Education, a training centre linked to the school, and Outwood Primary Academy, on Ledger Lane.

She sat in on a post-16 maths lesson, where she heard about students career plans, then visited Outwood Primary Academy and took part in a year five maths lesson.

Julie Slater, executive principal of Outwood Grange Academy and chief executive of Outwood Institute of Education, thanked her for visiting the school.

She said: “It is absolutely critical that maths and science are promoted to all students in order to contribute to the economy.”

Liz Truss said: “There is no reason why children in England cannot achieve the same standards in maths as those in Japan, Singapore and China.

“We must learn from the systematic practice of these high-achieving countries, who are constantly seeking to improve.

“Maths hubs will bring this approach to all parts of the country and all schools will be able to benefit.

“Our hubs will allow teachers to learn from each other, helping to give them the confidence and knowledge they need to teach maths even more effectively.

“Maths is the most important subject for a child’s future.

“It commands the highest earnings, provides the best protection against unemployment and will get you everywhere, opening doors to dozens of careers.”

 

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