Creative maths to engage pupils and raise standards

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Background: The purpose of the study was to improve National Curriculum test results in mathematics by engaging pupils in practical activities and providing structured support from the Local Authority.

Aims: The main aim was to improve National Curriculum test results in maths by engaging pupils in practical activities and providing structured support to teachers.

Methods: The participants included the head of school improvement, headteacher, middle leader, National Strategies consultant, senior leadership team, SIP, subject leader, teacher, Local Authority Curriculum Adviser, AST, Primary Strategy Manager, and consultant. Methods used included structured PDMs, INSET training days, modelling teaching, use of working walls, cross-curricular activities, parent workshops, and data-based progression grids.

Findings: The main findings are that engaging pupils in practical maths activities and providing structured CPD support has resulted in improved NC results, raised self-esteem and confidence, improved behaviour, and improved social skills.

Implications: The findings suggest that engaging pupils in practical maths activities and providing structured CPD support can lead to improved NC results, increased self-esteem and confidence, improved behaviour, and higher expectations of teaching and learning.
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Primary education, Creativity, Leadership, Self evaluation and review, Mathematics
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