Nick Gibb, Minister of State at the DfE speaks at Maths Hub conference

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Harrogate Grammar School, Lead School for the Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub, held an important strategy event as the DfE’s Maths Hub initiatives gather momentum across the region.

As the lead for the Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub, one of thirty-two Maths Hubs nationally, of which there are four hubs serving the Yorkshire and Humber region,  Harrogate Grammar School hosted the event to identify and shape the key maths priorities in our region and set out our action plan for the year to come.

The strategy event held on Thursday 9th October 2014 welcomed a host of delegates from other schools, teaching school alliances and institutions from across the region, including primary, secondary, post 16 and further/higher education partners. The aim – to come together to help strategise the future of the Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub, ensuring that the needs of schools are identified and met by providing bespoke support and development programmes.

The all-day event included key-note presentations from leading Maths Practitioners and Nick Gibb, Minister of State at the Department for Education, came to give delegates an understanding of the national picture for Maths Hubs and the importance the Government places on this initiative. The event was also attended by Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones.

Delegates also participated in carousel workshops where they could actively contribute their thoughts and ideas to the main Action Points of the Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub Strategy.

Colin Prestwich, Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub lead and Executive Head of Maths at Harrogate Grammar School, sees the event as the start of a real opportunity to bring together a range of expertise from across the region to maximise student potential and outcomes. The difference between this and other initiatives to improve Maths education is that it is school-led, meaning it will hopefully have a greater and lasting impact on how students are taught and learn, and also in areas such as initial teaching training and the recruitment of Maths specialists into the education sector. This event marks the start of the journey to collaboratively shape and improve Mathematics in the region.

The Department for Education awarded Harrogate Grammar School as a Maths Hub after a rigorous application process; this is a new government-led initiative to create regional centres for collaborative, school-led development and improvement of mathematics teaching and learning. The focus is on working in partnership to improve student achievement, participation and attitudes.  Harrogate Grammar School, also lead school for the Red Kite Teaching School Alliance, fully understands the importance of partnership and collaboration and relishes the opportunity to work with all other educational partners including other Teaching School Alliances across the region  to make this a reality.

Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub welcome any educational institution or interested party who would like to support and get involved, or can contribute to improving the delivery of mathematics in the region, please contact us via email: YRMathsHub@harrogategrammar.co.uk or tel: 01423 535636.

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Photograph from left to right: Andrew Jones (Harrogate and Knaresborough MP), Richard Sheriff (Headteacher, Harrogate Grammar School), Colin Prestwich (Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub lead and Executive Head of Maths at Harrogate Grammar School), Nick Gibb (Minister of State at the Department for Education) and Nathan Bulley (Associate Headteacher, Harrogate Grammar School)