The government would like the most selective maths universities to consider opening a maths school. It is committed to opening more across England during this parliament and has made funding available for that purpose.
2. This guidance is for universities and partner organisations, such as multi academy trusts (MATs), wishing to set up a maths school. It describes the key features of a maths school, the government’s requirements for a maths school, how to express an interest in and seek approval for establishing a maths school, and the criteria against which full business cases will be assessed.
3. The government believes that universities have a great deal to offer the state school system. Supporting the school system to drive forward improvement and raise attainment can take a number of forms including formal sponsorship arrangements or opening a new school, such as a maths school, where the university has the skills and expertise to do so. There are of course other ways in which universities can support raising attainment in schools, such as being part of formal school governance arrangements, offering continuous professional development for teachers and collaborating on curriculum development.
What is a maths school?
4. Maths schools are free schools for 16 to 19 year pupils who have great aptitude for maths. As set out in the government’s Industrial Strategy
1, maths schools have a role to play in addressing shortages of highly skilled graduates in sectors that depend on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills, sectors which are essential if we are to compete successfully in a global economy. The aim of maths schools is to prepare more of our most mathematically able pupils to succeed in mathematics-related disciplines at highly selective maths universities and pursue mathematically intensive careers.
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