Working with Schools
Due to Covid-19 social distancing rules and uncertainty around school timetables, most MathsMakers programmes in 2020/21 will be delivered via small-group online tutorials. We will include in-school components when possible. We are sorry we will not be able to involve Sixth-Form mentors this year.
Quality Intervention for Years 6-11
Narrowing the Attainment Gap
A core objective of schools is to narrow the gap in progress and attainment among their students. The challenge is to deliver targeted support with limited resources and provide high quality, personalised help for their students.
MathsMakers is dedicated to supporting schools in the Greater London area through its quality intervention programmes which involve student mentors. We engage students who need help with their maths learning through hands-on, varied and differentiated activities to get 'unstuck' in maths.
Tailored Intervention Programmes
MathsMakers tailors its support to each school's requirements. Our content is agreed in consultation with the school. As appropriate, we follow the school's maths scheme of work and track current topics that are being covered in class.
MathsMakers uses resources that are trusted by schools, including materials from NRICH, NCETM, Kangaroo Maths and the National Strategies. Furthermore, we use concept development activities developed by Professor Malcolm Swan, and resources from the Mathematics Assessment Project, a project funded by the Shell Centre for Mathematical Education, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, for the Common Core mathematics curriculum in the US.
Providing Extra Help with Maths
Schools select the students who will participate in each programme. These students are working below National Curriculum expectations, and include some who are on Free School Meals, have English as an additional language, and have mild learning difficulties.
Upon completion of the programme, MathsMakers expects students to make measurable progress on agreed learning targets.
Mentoring Opportunities for Years 11-13
Providing Valuable Work Experience
Student mentors are at the heart of the MathsMakers approach. They are selected from among maths and science students in Years 12 and 13 and Gifted and Talented students in Year 11, as agreed with the schools.
Mentors receive training before the start of the programme and over 20 hours of experience in maths mentoring. At the end of the programme, each mentor receives a reference letter from MathsMakers. Mentoring work can count for accreditation with the Duke of Edinburgh, ASDAN or Edexcel BTEC, in accordance with the school's arrangements with any of these programmes.
What Do Schools Say?
"It was easy to work with the MathsMakers team. Communication was always professional and prompt."
Kathryn Buchanan, Deputy Head of Maths
Nower Hill High School, Harrow
"I can say that it has been a really good experience for both our year 7 students and the year 12/13 mentors."
Harvey Donnelly, Head of Maths
Bishop Douglass School, Barnet
"On behalf of all of us, allow me to say thank you very much for your dedicated support to us as a faculty. The students have definitely benefitted as they have picked up both mathematical and other relevant skills."
Jonathan Kamya, Head of Maths
Hendon School, Barnet