Government backed Maths Hub arrives for schools in Bradford

New Government backed Maths Hub arrives for schools in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.

Important information for all primary and secondary maths leads and teachers – new Government backed Maths Hub arrives for schools in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees

Trinity Academy Halifax has been selected as one of the Government’s new Maths Hubs. My name is Tony Staneff, and I am the Maths Hub lead for the Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees hub. You may have seen the Government’s announcement about the creation of these hubs – these are designed to lead the way in maths education, and help inspire schools with new ways in which we can support children right from age 3 to 19 to develop a love of, and succeed in, this crucial subject.

As a hub, we are very much about working together and we would like to invite you to join us on this exciting journey. I would like to stress that this is a national initiative, and very much about working collaboratively. We will work together as a group of schools but also with the other Maths Hubs. We are one of 32 in England, and we will be working particularly closely with our fellow three hubs in Yorkshire and the Humber. Together we will improve achievement across all phases and change attitudes to maths.

So, how will your hub help you to drive up results?

Maths Hubs are all about bringing together and learning from some of the world’s leading practice, and sharing this with schools who are part of the hub and other schools more widely via the hub network. Some of the ways that this may happen include looking at ways to recruit and inspire staff, supporting non-specialist maths teachers to succeed and providing ideas for lesson plans. Hubs will also take part in an exchange programme with teachers in Shanghai, which is a world-leader for maths achievement. There are many ways that being part of a hub will make that difference, and I would like to stress this is about all schools in West Yorkshire (and more widely!) working together to help children and young people succeed.

Getting involved

All schools are asked to get involved, and make that difference. In the autumn, schools will receive information about what all the hubs are planning and details about how we will be working together. I would be grateful if you could confirm the best person for us to contact regarding this, so we can email them directly when this becomes available. I would also ask that you pass this information on to them, so they can get in touch now if they are keen to get involved during these early stages.

If you, or the most relevant person in your school, wish to get involved more proactively, please email At this stage we are encouraging all schools to tell us about the aspects of maths education they would like to see improved. As a Maths Hub, we will be encouraging two way communication, so that the hub can best meet the needs of students and most importantly ensure children and young people leave the education system with the numeracy skills to succeed. We welcome any comments, ideas or thoughts – please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can also read our press release about Maths Hubs by clicking here.

I look forward to working with you in the near future.

Mr Tony Staneff - Maths Hub lead

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Published: 03/07/2014
Audience: Primary and Secondary Maths Leads and Maths Teachers
Contact: Tony Staneff, Maths Hub Lead

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