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Schools in Gravesend set to cash in with major £200,000 injection for innovative Far East maths programme

PUBLISHED: 09:58 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:58 23 May 2017

Pupils and teachers collect the funding from The Goldsmiths' Company

Pupils and teachers collect the funding from The Goldsmiths' Company

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Three schools in the borough have been given a major cash boost to create an innovative maths programme created in the Far East which will ultimately roll-out to other pupils in the town too.

The donation is for £50,000 a year, from a leading City organisation, over a four-year period.

Based on the principles of ‘Mastery Maths’, a form of mathematics teaching inspired by a style used in Singapore and Shanghai, it aims to give pupils a “richer, deeper, learning experience”.

It enables pupils to become fluent in mathematics, reason and solve problems by applying their skills to problems.

King’s Farm Primary in Cedar Avenue and Whitehill Primary in Sun Lane, both in Gravesend, and Lawn Primary School in Northfleet High Street have been awarded the grant by the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Company.

The Goldsmiths’ Company is one of what is known as the ‘Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London’. Created in the 14th century, it was a trader’s guild upon which the city developed, along with similiar organisations representing different professions.

Today the purpose of the Goldsmiths’ Company is to contribute to British national life by supporting its related crafts, industry and trade and through wider charitable and educational activity.

Chris Jackson, head of school at King’s Farm Primary School, said: “Our ultimate commitment is to increase pupils’ enjoyment of maths and develop life-long passion for the subject. Longer term, we’ll use our knowledge and experience to share best practice enabling delivery of the programme within other schools in Gravesham.”

The four-year programme will be run by Kieran Mackle, a primary mathematics specialist teacher and author of Tackling Misconceptions in Primary Mathematics, published by Routledge, earlier this year.

As one of the 50 specialist leaders of education selected to attend the 2014 Department for Education Shanghai project, he has observed the ‘mastery’ approach first hand and has identified transferable practices to be used in the UK.

Nick Harland, deputy clerk at Goldsmiths, said: “We look forward to seeing it become a reality in September 2017.”

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