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The MET becomes Centre of Excellence for GCSE Maths

The government has selected Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (the MET) as one of 21 colleges nationwide to be a Maths Centre of Excellence. The College, with campuses in Brighton and Worthing, will be fundamental in designing and developing teaching resources and demonstrating best practice to improve maths for post-16 learners.

The 21 Centres of Excellence will each share equal parts of a £40 million government fund, following applications submitted in May. The College will be granted £38K a year over a five-year period, to lead the way as a Centre of Excellence for this essential qualification. The funding will be invested in teaching staff and learning resources for pupils, to ensure they achieve the best possible grade in GCSE maths.

Helena Thomas, Acting Principal at the MET, said, "Greater Brighton Metropolitan College is delighted to have been chosen as one of 21 providers to be a Maths Centre of Excellence. This opportunity, along with funding and working collaboratively with other Sussex providers, will enable us to focus on improving maths knowledge and skills for those aged 16 years and older."

The MET curriculum team and teaching staff will be involved in developing new methods of delivering the GCSE maths curriculum, which will be rolled out to other further education establishments with post-16 learners who achieve grades below 9-4.

The need to improve basic maths provision and achievement in post-16 young people was identified as an ongoing objective earlier this year by the Education Secretary. The MET, as a Centre of Excellence, will be fundamental in shaping the future and the continued improvement of basic maths provision across the country.


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