The beginning… 

The Ocean Maths Project was set up in 2001 with the support of the New Deal for Communities (NDC) Programme. The project sought to address underachievement in mathematics by changing the attitudes and practices of schools, parents and children. Originally, its remit was to work with primary and secondary schools, up to KS3, within Stepney in the London borough of Tower Hamlets but, following the success of the programme in Stepney, the Ocean Maths Project was rolled out to other schools in Tower Hamlets. 


Throughout its life, the impact of the Ocean Maths Project on pupils’ attainment and parental involvement has been recognised in academic reviews and through the testimony of the primary and secondary schools involved in the project. In 2005, the Ocean Maths Project won an award for the best education project (New Deal for Communities) from the Deputy Prime Minister’s office. 

Ocean Maths…

When funding for the project came to an end in 2008, ‘Ocean Maths’ was set up as a not-for-profit company and extended its services to the London Borough of Camden. The final evaluation of  the Ocean Maths Project, carried out by the London University Institute of Education in 2008, stated

"Ocean Maths has developed a strategy which could, if rolled out across UK schools, drastically alter levels of achievement in mathematics across all key stages."

In 2008, the Ocean Maths Project was awarded three year funding from the SHINE Trust to work with low achievers in Tower Hamlets.

In 2009, Ocean Maths registered as a charity.

Recent work...

More recently, Ocean Maths has increased the provision of its services into several other London boroughs. To date, it has worked with 274 schools, including eleven secondary schools in thirteen London local authorities and five schools outside London. 

In 2011, Ocean Maths has begun to expand outside of London. We are aiming to provide our services nationally.

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