What is the role of a Maths Hub?

Archimedes NE Maths Hub is one of a network of 37 Maths Hubs in England, working together within the Maths Hubs Programme, which began in 2014. The programme is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). Find out more about the programme at mathshubs.org.uk

Each Maths Hub is open to working with any schools and colleges, from early years providers to post-16 institutions, in the broad geographical area that it covers.

About Maths Hubs?

The core purpose of Maths Hubs is 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?

Each Maths Hub 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.

The Maths Hubs Programme

Watch the NEW video – The first five years – includes details of hub boundaries, short interviews with hub leads and a section explaining the Work Group model

Who is Archimedes NE Maths Hub?

Carmel College, Darlington is proud to be the base for the Archimedes NE Maths Hub which is promoting excellence in maths teaching across the Durham and Tees Valley region. At Archimedes we are delighted to work alongside enthusiastic, talented and dedicated teachers in our region and are confident that together we will develop mathematics so every child receives the skills and tools they need.

Our focus schools are those in the North East, Durham and the Tees Valley region. Our support covers the areas of Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton Local Authority Districts. We continue to work in collaboration with Great North and Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hubs to meet the needs of all schools across the region, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are close to a border.

What are the benefits to you and your school?

The benefits for schools and colleges engaging with their local Maths Hubs include:
• Access to free or subsidised professional development programmes
• Up-to-date information about all local maths education activities
• Participation in a network of local leaders of maths educations (LLMEs).

How do teachers and schools connect with or work with a Maths Hub?

If teachers, schools or groups of schools are seeking support from a Maths Hub, they should contact their us to see what work we are doing and how we might be able to support you. Similarly, teachers or schools may have ideas for work or expertise they would like to share with the Maths Hub and Archimedes NE Maths Hub.

How are Maths Hubs funded to do their work?

The DfE is the principal sponsor of the Maths Hubs Programme. Each Maths Hub receives funds to cover both structural costs and project costs. Other organisations also sometimes sponsor particular Maths Hub projects. For example, the Education Endowment Foundation has supported two trials in the field of mathematical reasoning.

How do the Maths Hubs work together?

The 37 Maths Hubs work together as part of a collaborative national network that is co-ordinated by the NCETM. This allows them to share experience and expertise and to collaborate as they work towards common goals. Together, the Maths Hubs network seeks to provide a collective national leadership and voice for maths education. To facilitate this, there is a termly meeting of a Maths Hubs Council, and all those involved in Maths Hub leadership come together each term at the National Maths Hubs Forum. Communication at other times is supported by online tools and communities.

Who else do Maths Hubs work with?

The Maths Hubs network benefits from the support of a number of Strategic Advisers. These include Ofsted, the Teaching School Council, the Joint Mathematical Council (JMC), and the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME).

All Maths Hubs seek to build capacity locally by working with a range of partners including Teaching Schools; mathematics Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs); NCETM CPD Standard holders; NCETM accredited Professional Development Leads; universities; subject associations; and employers.