English maths initiative
Plymouth University helps teachers with maths
Professor Burghes, who is still an active mathematics teacher, and will be working as the teaching expert in East London, added: “This project gives a real opportunity to change things for the better in the UK, and break the reliance on the traditional ‘transmission model’ of education. We only have to look at the example of Finland to see how it is possible to turn around teaching, and they are acknowledged now as world leaders in creating a more relaxed, and enjoyable style of lesson where children of all ability groups are not afraid to play a role in class, and are encouraged to problem-solve together.
“We need to help teachers not only to extend their mathematical knowledge but also to find an enthusiasm for the subject – and the enthusiasm for teaching itself – so that they in turn can inspire their pupils.”