Ocean maths legacy grants awarded to schools and national organisations supporting children's attainment in Maths

Ocean Maths is delighted to announce the outcome of its recent legacy fund selection process. 

Having made the difficult decision in December to wind up the organisation and share learning, knowledge and funds as part of Ocean Maths’ lasting legacy, today Ocean Maths announces the successful grantees.

These grantees are listed below. 

1. Two separate schools partnership grants have been awarded to Enfield Town Schools’ Partnership and to Hackney Teaching School Alliance. Legacy funding will be used to implement and extend the work of Ocean Maths within and outside these networks of schools. Both will build on the good practice already achieved through past delivery of the Ocean Maths project, by sharing knowledge and developing the capacity of schools locally. 

2. Edge Hill University’s Every Child Counts project provide a range of interventions to support children who struggle with mathematics and literacy, developing teaching skills to raise standards for all children. Legacy funding will enable Every Child Counts to develop, pilot and scale a parental engagement pathway as part of their existing award winning, highly effective [email protected] programme.. 

3. Half Moon Young People’s Theatre in Tower Hamlets specialises in using drama as a tool for learning and engaging with young people from birth to 18 (or 25 for disabled young people). Half Moon will use the emerging grant to fund Dramatic Maths, a project utilising drama to support primary school aged children to apply maths concepts to story-worlds and ‘real life’ contexts.  

The Ocean Maths Chair of Trustees, Gareth Jones says:

“We are delighted to fund these programmes to ensure both the learning, content and ethos of Ocean Maths lives on into the future. We look forward to giving our grantees the financial support needed for them to realise their programmes to ensure as many children, young people and families benefit.”

Garry Minto, Every Child Counts Trainer and Project Leader Kingsmead School states, “Parents are a child’s first and most lasting teacher. It is therefore vital that schools engage in partnership with parents to promote children’s learning. This is not always easy to do, especially in learning Mathematics. We aim to build on the model of Ocean Maths parent-child workshops, to welcome parents in Hackney into the world of maths in a sense of collaboration and fun, and to give them some insight into the new curriculum in Mathematics.”

Nick Dowrick, the Director of Every Child Counts at Edge Hill University, said “We’re very grateful to Ocean Maths for allowing us to use their excellent materials to improve our ‘take-home’ activities for pupils and workshops for parents.  The funding from Ocean Maths will let us try them out with groups of London schools and make sure they’re as effective as possible before we share them with schools across the country.”

Chris Elwell, Director of Half Moon, said: “We are delighted to be working with Ocean Maths to further develop our Dramatic Maths project with schools in Tower Hamlets. This generous funding will enable us to bring to life a subject many students find difficult to grasp through drama, storytelling and problem-solving, and involve parents/carers in their children’s maths learning. Thanks to the emerging grant we look forward to working with young people to develop and practise their understanding of numbers, calculations, measurements and quantities.”

Enfield Town Schools’ Partnership Coordinator, Emma Kolaru, says:

“We are thrilled to receive an Ocean Maths award. The grant will help us to promote positive attitudes towards the learning of mathematics through lively, interactive and fun workshops.”

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