Nottingham’s Education Improvement Board has set a new 10-year plan to improve maths GCSE results and teacher retention rates in schools across the city.

Ofsted’s latest reports show maths grades are below national average and that more teachers in Nottingham are leaving the profession compared to in other areas.

The Education Improvement Board has released details of a ten year plan that will look to gradually improve these areas of the education system within Nottingham’s secondary schools.

Maths GCSE, an area of improvement for Nottingham.
Maths GCSE, an area of improvement for Nottingham.

Despite this plan, Suzy Rai, a parent of a child currently attending an inner-city Nottingham secondary school, believes tackling social inequality should be a priority to address the issue.

She said: “The inner city of Nottingham is a hugely deprived area so you have a lot of children going to school who come from very underprivileged backgrounds.”


Audio:Suzy Rai, believes that teachers are under too much pressure.

The plan also aims to scrutinise the progression of primary school pupils into secondary school.

It sets out two main objectives to improve this; ‘to develop and establish a robust city-wide transition programme designed to ensure all pupils’ and ‘to ensure key school and academy staff are involved in the process’.

But improving maths grades and encouraging teachers to stay in the job are the board’s main priorities.

“teachers are under a lot of pressure”

David Read, Private Maths Tutor

Private maths tutor, David Read told CBJ: “Teachers are under a lot of pressure particularly as the exams approach… with the amount of stress and workload you have to put in, some teachers are deciding it’s not for them.”

The new plan has also stated that after the first 3 years, a number of areas among secondary school education will be assessed to identify any improvement. These areas include:

  • Every child in Nottingham will be attending a ‘good’ school.
  • The ability to support families and learning learners.
  • To implement a workload reduction strategy.
  • To establish city-wide subject progress boards.

Improvement within the education system for Nottingham will be monitored and assessed after the initial three years.

But it is expected that the measures will take up to 10 years before results are seen.

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