Maths stars inspire students

Mark "The Beast" Labbett, pictured with a Trinity Academy pupil.
Mark "The Beast" Labbett, pictured with a Trinity Academy pupil.

Students from Trinity Academy joined more than 500 primary and secondary teachers from across the region to take part in ‘A Celebration of Maths.’

As well as special sessions on new and innovative teaching methods, guests also enjoyed meeting celebrities such as Countdown’s Rachel Riley, TV Presenter Dallas Campbell, the world-renowned Professor du Sautoy and Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett. All of them were chosen for their love and passion for Maths, and ability to help inspire delegates to develop their own teaching.

The free event was hosted at the Headingley Experience in Leeds, the home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the Leeds Rhinos.

Mr Tony Staneff, Vice Principal at Trinity Academy and Lead in the White Rose Maths Hub, said: “It was a fantastic day, with hundreds of teachers from across the region and beyond giving up their Saturday to be inspired and develop their Maths teaching.

“It was wonderful to bring together so many experts and celebrities all who are incredibly passionate about Maths, and to hear them sharing their views and ideas with delegates. Our students did an exceptional job of interviewing Rachel Riley, asking her some very probing questions and really drawing out why Maths skills are crucial to all aspects of our life.

“We were very proud of how they represented the academy, and how they shared their own views in how Maths as a subject is going to help them to achieve their career dreams.”

Two students from Trinity Academy, Beth Haley and Matty Bicknell, were chosen to conduct an interview with Rachel Riley.

Both want to study Maths, and asked Oxford Maths graduate Rachel about her views on why more women don’t choose to study Maths, her Countdown career and her advice about getting into Oxford University.

After a busy day, guests could join a tea-time quiz hosted by Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett.

The day was a real success, with teachers inspired with a number of new teaching ideas. The White Rose Maths Hub will also be offering a great deal of training to teachers across the region, helping to raise standards and confidence.