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Sums add up for maths provision at new teaching school

01/12/2011 Kelly
One of the first 'teaching schools' is now underway in Greater Manchester, with pupils finding that in some maths lessons they have the assistance of three trainee teachers in addition to their regular teacher.

One of 100 schools to get the green light from the government to train teachers in the classroom instead of a lecture hall, Ashton-on-Mersey school in Sale has recruited nine trainee maths teachers, the Independent reported.

The trainees are enrolled at Manchester Metropolitan University but spend four days each week at school before attending university on Fridays.

Aidan Harrington, a lecturer at the university, spends two days each week in the school monitoring the trainees and offering them guidance.

For him, it is an excellent way for teachers to develop skills to develop in the profession.

"They're slightly more probing in the things they try out," he told the newspaper.

"I'm seeing that already with this group. The feedback is much more intense. You can see the impact on the kids, too."

Recent research by the Centre for Cities revealed a strong correlation between pupils maths attainment and their ability to find employment later in life.

The government meanwhile appears keen to boost mathematics performance.

As part of the chancellor's Autumn Statement, £600 million is set to be made available to 100 Free Schools with 12 of those intended to be specialist maths institutions.

At the school in Sale however, the training programme is a win-win situation for the school's maths provision.

With the trainees divided into three groups of three, the school has a pupil to teacher ratio of 23:4, practically unheard of in any other school.

The young teachers are also reaping the rewards of working in a team, learning from each other

"This way of learning you can see people doing things and you think, 'I'll steal that'," trainee Tom Grubert told the Independent.

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