Sheringham Primary National Teaching School Alliance has a strong track record of offering school to school support across Norfolk and beyond. This includes leadership support for schools, bespoke training and SLE support for specific subject areas.
School to school support is available for schools in any circumstances. Our mission is to work with you to raise the outcomes and life chances of all our children. We can offer support to schools in categories and also to any school that wishes to develop an area of its provision. We work with you to create a bespoke plan based on the individual needs of your school.
Support is provided through our network of schools and our designated System Leaders and Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs).
Please do get in touch to discuss your requirements. We look forward to working with you.
Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF)
Raising the progress of girls in maths at KS2
We are delighted that in the summer of 2017 we were awarded significant funding to work with schools in Norfolk to raise the progress of girls in maths at KS2. We are currently supporting 27 schools through this funding for 5 terms.
Data in 2016 showed a large gender gap between the progress of boys and girls in maths at KS2 and that overall Norfolk attainment for both boys and girls is below the national average. The aim of our project is to provide a package of support for schools to address this gender gap and raise the attainment of all children in a sustainable way. We aim to support our maths classrooms to be places where all children can flourish, progress and attain at the highest levels.
Now into the 4th term of the support, each school is supported by a maths specialist leader of education (SLE) who provides subject knowledge training to all staff in the school half termly. This training has been provided by our partners in the maths team at Educator Solutions. The SLEs also provide monitoring and leadership support to the project leads.
We have Project Leads in each of the schools who have been given extensive training to lead the projects in their schools. Training on areas such as meta-cognition in maths, brain plasticity, the power of mistakes as part of the learning journey and strategies for supporting children who are ‘stuck’ has been given to the project leads to disseminate to their staff. We are using the most up to date research and evidence to explore mathematical mindsets among both staff and children to address gender differences in progress and to give out positive messages that all can achieve in maths. This training has been developed and delivered by the Teaching School team.
Project Leads have also received training and support in 6 co-operative learning strategies from our partner Werdelin Education. These strategies allow for all children to be able to contribute to classroom discussion and engage in verbal reasoning and debate.
To date, we are seeing very positive outcomes in the schools we are working with. Data is showing that the girls’ progress is already closing the gap with the boys. We are also seeing and hearing so many examples of positive outcomes of the support. We have listed some of these below:
- Children engaging more with maths, tackling harder challenges and being more confident to do so
- Children, especially girls, having the opportunity and confidence to engage in verbal reasoning in maths
- Children being able to use manipulatives confidently to aid their conceptual understanding in maths
- Children using meta-cognitive strategies to support independent learning in maths
These are just a few of the fantastic outcomes that we are seeing. The funded project continues until Easter 2019. We will give more updates as we go.
If you wish to find out more about this exciting project please do get in touch.