Who should run
the maths club?
The best advice is that oversight of the club should be by a maths subject leader or subject specialist as they have:
- An overview of the mathematical needs of the school,
- Access to data about particular pupils,
- Have an understanding of the subject which can guide the nature and content of the club activities.
Whatever choices you make about the day to day running of the club remember that a team approach to staffing is best. This means that the club can continue seamlessly if one member of staff is ill, away, or leaves the school.
The benefits of the maths subject leader running the maths club, or visiting the maths club very regularly include:
- Seeing pupils engaging in mathematics in a different context. This can give unexpected insights into a particular pupil’s ability and attitude It can also highlight areas where further work is needed in the normal maths classroom.
- Giving the potential to experiment with new ideas at low risk, giving opportunities to try things out and learn and then share with other colleagues if they are successful.
- Making it easier to share good resources, effective strategies and new ideas with colleagues when the subject leader has tried them out themselves.
- The subject leaders experience and knowledge of the subject means they can take advantage of “unexpected” mathematical opportunities, making connections with other areas of mathematics or pursuing an unplanned line of enquiry.
- The subject leader has more opportunity to share good practise, resources and ideas with other colleagues.