Maths Hub

About Maths Hubs

Maths Hubs have been established to help schools and colleges lead improvement in mathematics education in England. They seek to harness all the maths leadership and expertise within an area, to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students. They are part of the wider development of school-led system leadership in England.


What is a Maths Hub?

There are 35 Maths Hubs in England, and each one is a partnership, led locally by an outstanding school or college. The lead school identifies strategic partners, who help plan and evaluate the hub’s work, and operational partners, who help carry out the hub’s work. So, the hub is not just the lead school or college – instead it is more like a maths leadership network involving schools, colleges and other organisations with maths education expertise from across the hub’s area.


Who is in the East Midlands South Maths Hub?

Beauchamp College, Oadby leads the East Midlands South Maths Hub. We work with any schools and colleges, from early years providers to post-16 institutions in Leicester City, Leicestershire, North Northamptonshire and Rutland (and beyond). In 2016-17 we worked with over 200 schools.

The Maths Hub Leadership team is:
Senior Lead: Catherine Bartholomew
Maths Leads: Chris Shore and Alison Rouse
Project Manager: Clare Townend


How can I keep up to date with developments?

We send out a regular newsletter with Maths Hub opportunities and this is the best way of find out what is going on. Drop Clare Townend an email on crt@emsmathshub.org.uk to be added to our distribution list. You can also contact Chris Shore on chris.shore@emsmathshub.org.uk or Alison Rouse on alison.rouse@emsmathshub.org.uk.

Our website is www.emsmathshub.org.uk and the National Programme has its own website at www.mathshubs.org.uk.


What will be happening in the year 2017-18?

National projects – developed by NCETM for all maths hubs

The Shanghai Primary Teacher Exchange: Two teachers are involved in this exchange to research the pedagogy and teaching of maths in Shanghai with a return trip being hosted at Swinford Church of England Primary School in November 2017.

Primary Mastery Specialists Programme: 51 schools are participating in this flagship programme which aims to develop teaching for mastery. Teachers will work with our specially trained Primary Mastery Specialists.

Secondary Mastery Specialists: Similar to the primary programme, two secondary teachers will be leading Teacher Research Groups in schools.

Mathematical thinking for GCSE: This is the continuation of the Mathematical Reasoning at KS3 project which will look at pedagogical knowledge, support for new curricula, and improving the quality of resources and activities. There will also be a Work Group considering the more challenging topics at GCSE.

Post 16 Level 3 Mathematics: A coordination group meets regularly looking at post 16 provision. There are also regular network meetings, and this year’s particular focus is the new A level syllabus. In addition a Core Maths network has been established looking at this new qualification.

Early Years Foundation Stage: There is a Teaching for Mastery TRG running again this year and also a rerun of our popular Developing Number Skills Work Group.

Teaching for Mastery: We will be running projects that look at provision for SEN in the mastery curriculum and how to deepen mathematical thinking for all.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement: We have two programmes that aim to improve subject knowledge for primary colleagues. One is a general SKE project, and the other is a specialised project looking at mastering fraction.

Professional Development Lead: This nationally accredited programme helps participants think through the issues regarding leading PD.


Locally designed Work Groups (WGs) – based on locally identified needs.

Effective EYFS Transition – looking at aiding the transition from EYFS to year 1.

Teaching for Mastery in Mixed Age Classes – a common experience for primary teachers and how to manage this issue.

Reasoning in the Primary Classroom – with the aim of helping teachers develop this key National Curriculum aim.

Variation and the CPA approach – how to help students develop from concrete to abstract mathematical representations.


Projects ran in 2016-17

National projects

  • The Shanghai Primary Teacher Exchange.
  • Mastery Specialists Programme.
  • Primary text book project.
  • Developing mathematical reasoning in key stage 3.
  • Post 16 Level 3 Mathematics.

Locally designed Work Groups (WGs) – based on locally identified needs.

These take different forms, but generally they consist of a series of sessions with action research tasks to do in between. They are being held in locations around the Maths Hub area.

  • Developing number skills in early years
  • Maths subject knowledge enhancement
  • Effective lesson design to support teaching for mastery
  • Developing lessons to support teaching for mastery
  • Effective interventions to support mastery
  • Strategies for developing fluency of number facts
  • Mastering Proportionality in year 5 and 6
  • Developing the use of textbooks in maths
  • Deepening mathematical thinking
  • Maths Professional Development Lead programmes – Secondary and Primary
  • Working with HLTAs and LSAs
  • Developing mastery within the SEN context
  • Teaching for mastery and high attainers
  • Train the trainer to deliver the programme Working with HLTAs and LSAs
  • ICCAMS increasing competence and confidence in algebra and multiplicative structures