The video shares the message that there is no such thing as a ‘maths person,’ you are not born with a maths brain. Indeed anyone can learn how to be a mathematician just like anyone can learn how to ride a bike or swim. We can all do this through hard work and practice. Above all pupils need a teacher who believes that they can achieve and can show them that they can be successful in maths.
We find it frustrating that there are still teachers at primary and secondary who will assess a pupil at the end of the year based on where they were at the start. How can this be possible and fair? Their mindset is already fixed and many of these pupils will never be given the opportunity to prove their capabilities to their teacher. It will take a long time to change everyone’s belief but we have to start somewhere.
Our aim is to get schools to undertake their own week of inspirational maths during the month of September. The aim of the week is to inspire pupils and show them that maths can be exciting and fun and that everyone can succeed. If this can be achieved at the start of year it can set up a positive message for the rest of the year.