School of Research Science

What makes School of Research Science an Accredited School

The School of Research Science has been a huge advocate of the MNP approach since 2017. As a school that focuses on new and innovative modes of education and offers results for children facing a technological future, Maths — No Problem! was just the thing to improve mathematics teaching across their school.

They’ve seen so much improvement that they’re now looking forward to releasing it in their secondary school. And we look forward to helping them do it.

School at a glance:

  • Large all through primary to secondary school with 3,600+ students
  • Long established in Dubai with over 20 years experience
  • Delivers the English national curriculum to children aged 3–18
  • EAL learners make up 99% of the school with Emirati pupils forming 76% of the school population
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“MNP has completely transformed how we teach maths… Through a strong focus on mastery, the children have developed deeper mathematical skill and fluency.”

Mary KennedyDeputy Head Teacher (Primary)

In their own words

Our Maths — No Problem! journey

In SRS, our whole approach to teaching is based on ‘out of the box’ thinking. We think this maximises high-quality engagement with students at every level. Being a large school of over 3,500 pupils from FS to Year 13 meant that we needed a consistent approach to the teaching of mathematics in order to develop creative, independent thinkers who are able to adapt their knowledge to the ever-changing needs of the technological age.

Before implementing Maths – No Problem! in September 2017, we invested in a two-day intensive inset programme delivered by Judy Hornigold, followed by a further development day delivered by Adam Gifford In November 2017 where we reviewed and evaluated our initial rollout of the programme. This has equipped our teachers with the skills and confidence to teach maths. The workshop-based sessions took an in-depth look at In Focus activities and the use of concrete materials in lessons and really helped to clarify the approach.

Teachers came away from the training with practical techniques and strategies to apply a problem-solving approach in their classroom.

Maths — No Problem! has completely transformed how we teach maths. The key principles are evident across all our maths lessons. Through a strong focus on mastery, the children have developed deeper mathematical skill and fluency.

We share essential vocabulary at the beginning of every lesson and encourage our children to speak in full sentences when discussing their work. This has really supported their development of mathematical language. Our pupils have become more willing to take risks in their learning, and explore maths problems.

The programme has also enabled us to more effectively help parents support their children at home. We promote the importance of having a growth mindset and the benefit of the CPA approach. Our flipped learning channels in Years 1 and 2 have helped parents to understand how we are teaching their children and we are now going to roll these parent channels out across the whole school.

Maths — No Problem! in our school

There are currently over 2,000 children from Years 1–6 using a mixture of either textbooks and/or workbooks. We also subscribe to the Teacher Guide and Academy. These subscriptions have proven invaluable for teachers who want to deepen their knowledge of maths mastery.

In SRS, we are continuously updating and revising our approach to maths mastery based on the latest research. Each year group has a maths subject lead who is an outstanding maths teacher. They help direct the CPD needs of the year group and also feed into the action plan for the whole school.

Open Door Classrooms are now a key feature of our school and teachers are encouraged to observe lessons as part of their own professional development. In addition, a formal CPD programme is planned and delivered to staff based on data from observations, learning walks, and feedback both formal and informal.

We’re eager to share our success with the MNP approach to inspire other schools to adopt the scheme, promote maths positivity among teachers, pupils and parents, and promote mathematics across the gulf region.

School contact details

Contact name:
Mary Kennedy – Deputy Head Teacher (Primary)

Phone number:
00971 4 6011011

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Nouakchott Street, Al Warqa 4
P.O. Box: 57442, 27463
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Twitter: @srsdubai1