Gosberton school celebrates scooping national maths award

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GOSBERTON Primary School has won a national education award for the dramatic improvement of its pupils in maths.

The school lifted the Outstanding Mathematics Initiative prize at this year’s Times Educational Supplement (TES) Schools Awards held in London.

Pupils’ SATs results in maths shot up from 72 per cent in May 2011 to 95 per cent this year after the school introduced a new Japanese concept in teaching known as Bansho where children work through maths problems in pairs and share their findings with classmates.

Staff at Gosberton Primary School, part of the Phoenix Federation with two other schools in Boston, introduced Bansho after a fact-finding trip to Canada in February 2011.

Former head of school Jo Bland said: “A team of senior managers from our federation went across to Canada to look at Bansho maths and we trialled it at Gosberton Primary School when we came back.

“It had a huge, huge impact on our maths results, rising from 72 per cent to 95 per cent in the space of 12 months, and the children are so enthusiastic about it.

“We were very shocked to win the award because there are a lot of amazing initiatives out there and the staff were absolutely delighted.

“They’ve worked so hard to make it successful as an example of good practice at the school.”

There was also a Lifetime Achievement award for the federation’s chairman of governors Denzil Shepheard.