Newham College Gains a Share £40m for Maths Centres of Excellence

Newham College is 1 of 21 Colleges that will receive Government funding as Maths Centres of Excellence

The centres are designed to test and share new ways of teaching students who are re-sitting maths GCSEs. The funds will enable Newham College to design new and improved teaching approaches, as the money is released gradually over the next 5 years.

We will use the funds to develop teaching resources, build up teachers’ skills and spread best practice through maths networks.
Janet Gardner The Deputy Principal for Curriculum at Newham College

Plans to introduce Maths Centres of Excellence were included in the Autumn Budget of 2017, to improve the quality of basic maths provision for low attaining post-16 learners. At the time, the Department for Education said the programme would work:

through trialling pedagogical approaches and sharing this expertise across the post-16 sector. At this stage, we expect that the centres could be grant funded with a minimum of £140,000 per annum and up to a maximum of £300,000 per annum, depending on the total number of centres that the panel wishes to fund and the quality of the agreed plans.

If the £40 million funding is divided equally, each of the 21 institutions will receive over £38,000 a year for each of the five years.

David Hughes, chief executive of the Association of Colleges, welcomed the announcement:

 “not just of additional funding, but of the recognition that colleges are best placed to support people to achieve the skills they need to be successful in work and in life.

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