Slade Primary School
Birmingham, UK

What makes Slade Primary an Accredited School

Slade Primary School began working with Maths — No Problem! in 2016. It started with a vision to embed the MNP approach across all years so that children could progress quickly in mathematics. And their work did not disappoint. With this positive momentum, Slade Primary has invested a great deal in CPD to get all of their teachers up to speed and teaching maths for mastery.

It has been a whole-school switch where a community of pupils, teachers, and parents have embraced and benefited from the maths mastery approach. With attainment, enjoyment, and subject confidence on the rise, the MNP programme has been a huge success at Slade Primary.

School at a glance:

  • A respected multi-academy consisting of seven schools
  • Larger-than-average-sized school
  • The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above the national average
  • Rated by Ofsted as “Good” with “Outstanding Features”
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In their own words

Our Maths — No Problem! journey

We began using the MNP whole-class approach in September 2016 and have since embedded the methodology in Years 1 to 6. All children within these year groups were given a working maths journal, as well as the award-winning workbooks and textbooks that comprise the MNP Primary Maths Series.

The textbooks and workbooks have now become part of the daily practice for all pupils from Year 1 to Year 6. As a result, MNP is well established in the classrooms of all year groups. And the children really enjoy the material. A pupil in Year 3 quotes:

“I like Maths — No Problem! It helps me with my methods and I can express maths in a way that is good for me.”

Since transitioning to the MNP approach, we have dedicated a significant amount of staff CPD to this area, including the development of journaling, subject knowledge enhancement using the Maths Hub, and attending MNP’s three-day maths mastery course with Dr Yeap Ban Har. Additionally, we have budgeted for an additional teacher to attend the same three-day course next year.

In 2018 we began to develop our use of sentence stems and have embedded models and images into EYFS alongside number blocks. This is something we feel has worked well and has had a huge impact on the staff and children across school.

A pupil from Slade Primary School said:

Maths — No Problem! challenges us with journal challenges and writing reasoning sentences about our maths work.”

Working with and alongside Clare Williams and Helen Hackett since 2016 has enabled us to embed these further and share good practise with all practitioners across the school. This has been beneficial for us and opened up many opportunities.

Maths — No Problem! in our school

As a school, we use all online resources to support planning and assessment. Additionally, we have taken all new staff through the model videos on the MNP website, which has been an excellent resource for us. Staff have commented that as a result of these efforts, children have progressed quickly in maths and are more able to reason and explain their thinking in detail — this was further confirmed by OFSTED.

Our leadership team’s original vision to implement the MNP approach across the school has come to fruition and is constantly developing. We’ve recently invested in the MNP Mathsteasers booklets which are being implemented across KS2, providing high-quality challenges for the most able learners.

In order to keep up with the latest developments and to allow for consistent refining of mathematics at Slade Primary, our headteacher, Helen Hastilow, chairs the strategic board for the Central Maths Hub. We are working closely with practitioners in other Maths Hubs to develop their practise. In addition, two of our practitioners have, on their own time, completed the Maths Hub Subject Knowledge course, enabling them to support others successfully.

In January of 2018 we hosted the Shanghai Exchange programme. Our Maths leader spent two weeks in Shanghai and we hosted two Shanghai teachers who taught in Year 2 and Year 5. All staff at Slade Primary attended these lessons and were involved in the pre- and post-discussions. It was a great opportunity for staff and children alike. And our maths lead was able to bring back expertise and knowledge which she was able to share with all staff.

We are currently supporting a school in Tamworth through their own mastery maths journey and over the past 3 years, we have welcomed 12 schools and their senior leaders into our doors to see mastery in action first-hand.

“I really love teaching Maths No Problem as my pupils have a great conceptual understanding of maths. Stretched and challenged at the highest level, pupils are scaffolded appropriately. Mathematical concepts are broken down into small steps, gradually building the challenge whilst linking previously taught topics together.”

Year 5 teacherSlade Primary

We believe that every child should have access to high-quality maths teaching and we strongly believe that Maths — No Problem! is an excellent resource to support schools in achieving this.

MNP has had a significant impact on our school’s mathematical oracy which we now happily call ‘maths chatter’.

School contact details

Contact names:
Jenny Maskell — Associate Headteacher
Helen Hastilow — Headteacher

Phone number:
0121 675 0618

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Slade Primary School
Slade Road
B23 7PX

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