Malton School Maths Team Take Top Prize at TES Awards

by Jared Smith

It has been an incredible week for Malton School, especially for the Maths Faculty. 

At an online ceremony last Friday, the Maths Faculty was crowned Maths Team of the Year at the TES Schools Awards.

These national awards recognise the best individuals and institutions that the education sector has to offer.

What made the team stand out was their enthusiasm and commitment, which was praised by judges. 

Judge Jemma Sherwood said: “[They are] clearly a passionate team; they have demonstrated consistent improvements, not only in attainment, but also in take-up at Key Stage 5 and engagement in extra-curricular Maths. It was a pleasure to learn about this Maths Team.”

The improvements mentioned include a significant increase in the number of students taking A-level Maths and the Key Stage 3 ‘Build a Mathematician programme’.

Staff were also praised for their metacognitive approach to learning, through which students attain a clear understanding of their strengths—in addition to their areas for improvement.

Malton School Maths Team, holding the TES Award.

The Team were presented with their award by Headteacher Rob Williams on Friday.

Speaking on behalf of the Team, James Muir, Head of Faculty, said: “The TES Award is deserved recognition for every member of the Maths Team who have, in very challenging times, collaborated and worked well as a unit.

“Staff have gone above-and-beyond to deliver a fantastic provision for our students during remote learning and continued to give their students the opportunity to build on their maths skills.”

Rob Williams, Headteacher, was delighted with this recognition of the team and the work they have put into supporting students. “This has been one of the hardest years in teaching. Teachers throughout the country have delivered high-quality teaching in new and innovative ways, while still seeking to enhance and build on students’ knowledge and abilities.

“To be recognised as the best Maths Team is an incredible achievement. My congratulations go to James and the team.”

Sam Craggs, a member of the Maths Team, also received an award on the same day in the Pearson National Teaching Awards for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year. He is now in the running for a Gold Award in a ceremony to be televised on BBC One later in the year.

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