Pool Academy chosen for worldwide research project

Pool Academy has been chosen to be included in a worldwide research project about how maths is taught to students.

The project is called the Teaching And Learning International Survey (TALIS) and is run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCED).

The group will be carrying out its research around the world on how Maths and Algebra is taught in different countries.

Only a few schools in each country have been selected and Pool Academy is one of them.

A spokesperson for the school said it had been selected because it is ‘continuously developing in the maths teaching using new ideas’. They believe Pool Academy was chosen because they were a good example in the UK.

The research team will be coming into school and videoing some of the Year 10 lessons where algebra is being taught as well as conducting some post-survey visits.

Alastair James, Head of Maths, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us as a school to demonstrate the quality and dedication of our teachers in the teaching of Mathematics and, in particular, algebra.

“It recognises the hard work and high standards that our teachers aspire to in delivering the very best to our students.

“We will be sharing our practice with the rest of the world and in turn be able to bring examples of good practice from other countries into our teaching to raise standards and attainment even higher.

“We are very honoured to have been selected and see it as a positive reflection on our ethos in striving to establish and maintain the highest standards of teaching for our community.”   

The research will be shown at a conference at a later date.

The (OECD) works to promote policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

Christiana Richardson