Maths Teacher, Ms Suganthakumaran, is named a NESTA Classroom Changemaker 2020.
NESTA is an innovation foundation that celebrates the use of new techniques to change the way we look at and solve problems.
To encourage problem solving in mathematics, Ms Suganthakumaran asked friends in industry to send in maths problems they have experienced in their working life which were adapted and used in lessons. Not only does this ensure an interesting variety of problems to work on, but also highlights the sort of real-world issues that maths skills can help to solve.
An example of a problem set was during Maths Week in June 2019, when a panel discussion was organised for all students in Year 9 and 10. One panelist provided students with formulae and information about a scheme she worked on with Uber. The problem was printed into the workbook created for the panel discussion and students worked through it, with the opportunity to feed it back to the person who created it.
Ms Suganthakumaran was chosen from over 100 nominated teachers from across the UK and NESTA will contribute £5,000 towards the Maths Department. A huge congatulations from all of us at the Academy.