Maths - Hinchingbrooke School - Highly Commended for the BMC Award
The departmental vision was to develop a range of tools to support the teaching and learning of Maths. Through the use of technology to support Maths pedagogy, pupils have been able to build confidence and become enthused about topics.
The teaching and learning landscape has evolved due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the various lockdowns, and as a result has highlighted issues in Maths learning. Matt Woodfine, Lead Practitioner of Mathematics at Hinchingbrooke School, began creating the freely available https://mathswhiteboard.com to address such issues and focus on specific pedagogical techniques as a wider departmental focus.
Since creating the site, it has been used by more than 20,000 users across 120 countries. The site has had a profound impact on how teachers teach Maths using technology. It currently contains 160 topics differentiated in 890 ways. The content has been explored in more ways than other sites with a 6-star system showing the progression of topics. With each star, questions are increasingly difficult, providing learners with a scaffolded journey to each topic and resources to support staff to see the progress of a topic and how it might be differentiated. Across the site, staff can produce resources using unlimited question generators. This feature has not only been embraced by primary and secondary schools but by FE colleges across the country. Adult learners have become passionate about Maths due to the challenge and consolidation of the star system.
One key feature of mathswhiteboard.com is its ability to use Google translate to instantly create resources in other languages. Due to the site being produced through code, it interacts with Google translate to create bespoke resources for students who are EAL.
The site is constantly adjusting due to feedback from around the world, helping to shape what mathematicians are exposed to. The most recent addition is Level Up. Level Up is a programme accessible to all KS2 to KS4 students, specifically designed to enhance basic numeracy skills and contains all the resources that staff need to run the project.
Students are able to easily engage with Maths through the site and it is creating the foundations that so many are missing before a spiral of failure and disenfranchisement leads students away from a successful and rewarding mathematical journey.