Schools in Thurston and Lakenheath granted £78,000 to push on with maths teaching improvement project

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Schools in Thurston and Lakenheath have secured £78,000 to push on with a project to boost the standard of maths teaching across Suffolk.

Staff from six primary schools in the Thurston Partnership and seven in the Lakenheath cluster will visit schools in Hackney to undergo training in the Primary Advantage Maths Project.

The initiative has transformed achievement in the London borough’s schools and staff will roll out the approach to all Suffolk primary schools which want to take part.

The project has been driven by the schools and is the first to be funded by Suffolk County Council’s Raising the Bar Challenge Fund.

Forty per cent of the money will only be paid when the schools can show the project has improved achievement.

Anna Richards, head at Ixworth Primary, said: “This project has the potential to transform standards in maths in Suffolk schools

“We’ve seen how well it has worked in London and we’re determined that our pupils have access to the best maths teaching.

“We’re delighted to have received the support of the local authority and we’re certain that this approach will make a real difference to the achievement of Suffolk pupils.”