Strategic Board

The 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)

Head of School of Eduction and Social Work (Education), University of Sussex

Heidi Whitney

Senior Regional Lead, NCETM

Keith Perera

Senior Leadership Link, Sussex Maths Hub

Gill Leahy

Maths Hub Lead (Secondary), Sussex Maths Hub

Jenny Stratton

Maths Hub Lead (Primary), Sussex Maths Hub

Miriam Rhine

Maths Hub Lead (Primary), Sussex Maths Hub

Vanessa Milne

Business Manager, St Paul’s Catholic College

Sophie Thomas

Headteacher (Primary), St Andrew’s C of E Primary School, Hove

Stuart McConnachie

Headteacher (Primary), Coldean Primary School, Brighton

Catherine Walker

Headteacher (Primary), St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Haywards Heath

Fionnuala Rodgers

Deputy Headteacher (Secondary), Willingdon Community School, Eastbourne

Paul Swatton

Headteacher (Secondary), Claverham Community College, Battle

Kieran Scanlon

Headteacher (Secondary), The Sir Robert Woodard Academy, Lancing

Lesley Hope

University of Brighton (Higher Education Institution representative)

Karen Gladwin

University of Sussex (Higher Education Institution representative)

Bill Roddick

Manager, East Sussex County Council

Natasha Marris

Assessment, Teaching and Learning Consultant, Brighton and Hove City Council

Duncan Edwards

Link Adviser Curriculum, West Sussex County Council

Helen Shaw

Director – Teaching School Hub (West Sussex)

Tom Garry

Director – Teaching School Hub (East Sussex / Brighton & Hove)

Karen Nanson

University of Chichester (Senior Lecturer of Mathematics Education)

Rob Carter

Headteacher (Secondary) St Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill

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.