Leeds City College is the first college in Yorkshire to be named a Maths Centre of Excellence and could receive over £1m of funding to develop new methods of teaching.

The college is one of 21 further education institutions in the country to test and share best practice through maths networks. The institution provides an opportunity for students at all levels to succeed and progress in maths, from those with no GCSEs to those who want to increase their grades.

Carol Layall, Head of English and Maths at Leeds City College, said: “Our model, which was introduced in 2016, is refreshing and flexible, giving students the motivation and opportunity to learn with methods that suit their preferences and build on existing skills. This is through personalised learning programmes, coaching, high quality online learning assessment and feedback, combined with rigorous tracking and monitoring.

“Staff have been supported throughout the process to be upskilled in maths and we have developed an apprentice teacher training programme which is scalable to involve other consortium members.

“We’re proud to be paving the way for an innovative maths programme that empowers students and delivers results.”

The model is currently benefitting over 3,000 students and the college aims to collaborate with other West Yorkshire colleges to improve achievement and attainment in maths.

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