Strategic BoardThe Sussex Maths Hub Strategic Board meets three times a year. It comprises a range of strategic interests in relation to maths education, school improvement, educational research and business.
Maths Hub Strategic Boards are established for two principal reasons:
to ensure the Maths Hub demonstrates transparency and is open to external scrutiny regarding its work
to enable the Maths Hub to draw upon strategic advice and support from people with relevant specialist expertise and local knowledge.
Simon Thompson (Chair)
Professor of Education, University of Sussex
Senior Regional Lead, NCETM
Senior Leadership Link, Sussex Maths Hub
Maths Hub Lead, Sussex Maths Hub
Business Manager, St Paul’s Catholic College
Headteacher (Primary), St Andrew’s C of E Primary School, Hove
Headteacher (Primary), Coldean Primary School, Brighton
Headteacher (Primary), St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Haywards Heath
Head of Sussex Coast Teaching School Alliance
Headteacher (Secondary), Willingdon Community School, Eastbourne
Headteacher (Secondary), Claverham Community College, Battle
Headteacher (Secondary), The Sir Robert Woodard Academy, Lancing
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (Further Education representative)
University of Brighton (Higher Education Institution representative)
University of Chichester (Higher Education Institution representative)
University of Sussex (Higher Education Institution representative)
L&D Advisor, Ricardo (Business representative)
Manager, East Sussex County Council
Senior Advisor, Brighton and Hove City Council
Advisor, West Sussex County Council
At all meetings, the Maths Hub leadership reports to the board on the Maths Hub’s progress against its current plans. The board provides ongoing advice and support to the leadership in implementing and adapting these plans.
At the first meeting, the board focuses on reviewing and critiquing the Maths Hub’s annual evaluation report and Work Group evaluation reports before they are submitted to the NCETM. The board also considers the effectiveness of the Maths Hub’s evaluation processes and makes recommendations for improvement. In light of the evaluation report, the board would also offer some early thinking regarding future strategic priorities.
At the second meeting, the board focuses on discussion and agreement of the local strategic priorities for the Maths Hub for the following year. This is informed by the board members’ own expertise and by consultation activities carried out by the Maths Hub in the autumn term. The board also reviews the Maths Hub’s existing leadership and management structure, and its plans for future development, including succession planning.
At the third meeting, the board focuses on scrutinising the Maths Hub’s draft action plan before it is submitted to the NCETM. In particular, it assesses whether the plans address the agreed national and local strategic priorities, and whether all of the planned work has clear rationale and intended outcomes.