Collaborative Network Meetings for Primary Maths Leads

In response to discussions with head teachers, we are organising a series of collaborative network meeting for Primary Maths Leads.

These sessions will be organised by Jess Paul, SLE Maths at Northern Parade Junior School but will focus on teachers working together, sharing resources, analysing data and how to respond to the new requirements of curriculum/assessment.

The Solent Maths Hub/Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance will provide guest speakers as required by participants.


Primary Maths Leads and Aspiring Maths Leads

LOCATION:  Training & Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy for Girls, St. Mary’s Road, Portsmouth PO1 5PF


Developing a vision and action planning/Fluency, reasoning and problem solving 21st November
Independence and Evidence 31st January
Moderation (year 2 and 6) 15th March
Mastery – Shanghai Videos 3rd May
Evaluation and forward planning 19th June

Please Note:  All sessions will run from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm

COST:             Free

If you are interested in signing up for the course, please register by clicking on the booking tool.

Secondary Mathematics Teaching for Mastery Specialist Programme

The Solent Maths Hub would like to recruit 2 further members of the Secondary Mastery Team.  This is a fantastic opportunity to develop Mastery Teaching in your school and others across the region. You will have access to high quality training and be part of a national team of leading teachers.

For further details,  interested teachers should see the information document and application form.  CLOSING DATE Monday 18th September . 


Secondary Mastery Specialist Programme – Information and Application (201718)


We are delighted to confirm that we will be holding a Primary Maths Hub Conference at The Marriott Hotel on Friday, 29th September 2017 (09.30 – 15:30).

Our keynote speaker for this conference is Ben Sparks (mathematician, musician and speaker).  Ben’s keynote will explore the emotional impact of doing maths, and how dynamic geometry can tap into this.

Ben works part-time with the Further Maths Support Programme, based at the University of Bath, as a speaker, tutor and co-ordinator.  He also spends time working as a maths enrichment speaker, including the Maths Inspiration project run by Rob Eastaway.


After a short presentation on the work of the Solent Maths Hub and our keynote speaker, there will then be the opportunity to take part in a serious of workshops, including:

SEND Maths in mainstream – Emma Patman, Assistant Director, NCETM

Mastery in Action – Sarah Anderson, Mastery Specialist teacher at Swaythling Primary School

Magical Maths – Ben Sparks

An agenda, with more detailed information, will be issued nearer the date.

Please note the cost of attending this conference is £30.00 per head (to cover venue and catering costs).

Conference Agenda

If you would like to attend, please sign up via our booking tool below.  

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Post 16 Mathematics Conference

Like so many maths teachers across the country, we have eagerly waited for the publication of the Smith review into Post 16 Mathematics. This has been held up for a number of reasons but we hope (no guarantees) that there will be some news soon.   We fully expect the recommendations to be highly significant at both Level 3 and Level 2.

The Solent Maths Hub have organised an event on Thursday, 13th July at Highpoint, Southampton. This event is designed to be as informative as possible about upcoming changes and implications. We are very lucky to have joining us, a number of experts in the field.  

Please note, this event is free of charge.


SEND Conferences

The Solent Maths Hub is the only Maths Hub based in a Special Needs School-Mary Rose Academy an outstanding school for children with Complex Needs.

Last week we ran two national conferences focusing on SEND in Maths with nationally renowned speakers. The Wednesday Conference was focused on Special Schools and the Friday conference on SEND in mainstream. It was very clear that there is a huge demand from across the country for further support and networking.

If you wish to be included in a SEND Maths network either for Special Schools or SEND in mainstream please email us on . This is going to be a priority for us in the coming year.

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Quantum Scholars

Three years ago, the Department for Education in England made a decision to fund thirty-five national Maths Hubs. Maths Hubs provide specialist professional support and development for Maths teachers in a specific geographical area. Six of these Maths Hubs in the south of England have come together to launch this Quantum Scholars programme aimed at recruiting talented Maths teachers from outside of Great Britain, primarily from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. These Quantum Scholars will be supported with:

  • Wrap around’ support from the highly experienced international team at Academics Ltd, including support with visas and work permits where required.
  • Support and professional mentoring from their assigned school.
  • Support and Professional subject specific pedagogical input from Maths Hubs and the Institute of Physics.
  • A one-week residential induction event, providing training on generic topics as well as subject specific information.
  • We will also provide high level professional subject development from a leading UK University possibly leading to an MA accreditation (Any programme will be of a bespoke nature based on the previous experience of the scholar).

You can find out more about the programme on the Quantum Scholars website.

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What are 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.

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.

If teachers, schools or groups of schools are seeking support from a Maths Hub, they should contact their nearest Maths Hub to see what work it is doing and how it might be able to support. Similarly, teachers or schools may have ideas for work or expertise they would like to share with the Maths Hub. Again, they should contact the Maths Hub leadership to discuss their proposals.

The Mary Rose Academy is the Lead School for the Solent Maths Hub. Our Hub covers the area from Basingstoke across Hampshire to Portsmouth, Southampton and The Isle of Wight. The Solent Maths Hub is the only Hub that is based at an Outstanding Teaching School for pupils with Special Needs. Our activities are truly inclusive with offers for teachers in all sectors of education. Maths Hubs harness all maths leadership and expertise within an area, to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students. We would like to work with all the schools in our region and so would be delighted if you would like to become involved. To get involved with the Solent Maths Hub, simply complete our contact form.

The programme is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and coordinated centrally by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching.

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During the first years of the Solent Maths Hub much of our work was focused on Primary Mastery. This year we are developing this work with Secondary colleagues. We have appointed four Teaching for Mastery specialist teachers in the region:

Amber Hodge -Trafalgar School (Salterns Academy Trust) -Portsmouth

Amy Fuller – The Priory School( Bohunt Academy Trust)-Portsmouth/Hampshire.

Ceri Reece- Crestwood School -Eastleigh/Hampshire

Dan Marshall- King Richard School-Portsmouth

After they have undergone national training they will be working with schools across the region in intensive Teach Research groups later in the academic year.

To register interest in your school being part of this exciting national project please contact us on

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