04 July 2018
In his November Budget Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, earmarked £40 million to fund around 20 “Centres of Excellence for Basic Mathematics” across England, with at least one centre to be located in each English region. The government is now seeking applications to share the £40 million, over three years, to improve maths teaching and share good practice for post-16 learners (closing date to apply is 10 July).
The ESFA has also announced the launch of a “post-16 basic mathematics premium pilot”, which will allow post-16 providers in some of the most disadvantaged areas of England to bid for an extra £500 per learner for post-16 mathematics teaching. The aim of the pilot is to test three different approaches to improving results for students with a grade 3 or lower in GCSE mathematics. Providers will decide how to use the funding, which could include such things as additional teaching hours, smaller class sizes or the use of specific technology.