Girls in Maths SSIF

Girls in Maths

Strategic School Improvement Fund


Clients. Partners. 


Sheringham Primary

National Teaching School Alliance

This £450K Strategic School Improvement Funding project to close gender gaps in Maths in KS2 is the most successful intervention of its kind. The results speak for themselves: In a total cohort of 1000+ pupils, in Year 5/6, the gap between boys and girls in ‘attempted answers’ fell from -2.4% in Autumn 2017 to -0.1% in Spring 2019. For ‘correctly answered’, the numbers are -5.2% and minus -1.5, respectively. Download the full PDF analysis here.


The objective of my highly tailored training was to fuse parallel CPD sessions on math curriculum, teaching strategies, mindset and metacognition from different providers into a simple, sustainable classroom practice, tailored to each school, yet consistent enough to be accurately assessed, shared and supported.

The success of the project is proof of concept for my claim that Cooperative Learning is the single best way to create coherency across networks without alienating individual leaders and staff. I look forward to working with organisations across the country, starting with White Rose Maths in September this year, to make sure this massive investment of public funds will benefit pupils beyond Norfolk. (More information on research networks here).

Jakob Werdelin at UEA Slow-Burn Leadership SSIF

Other maths hubs and geographically distributed MATs who would like to benefit from two years worth of Research & Development in their quest for coherency should contact me directly.

"Great feedback from my pupils (...) 'I really like it because everyone has a chance to speak and be listened to.'"

- Emma Bramble, Year 5 teacher at Magdalen Gates Primary, Norwich SSIF school, 2018.

Read the dedicated articles on planning and impact

Or, watch the video or skim the sideshow from the annual Ignite Teach Meet:

To register your interest in the upcoming webinar with SSIF lead Robert Brewster of Sheringham Teaching School contact me directly. Follow on Twitter or join the mailing list to get the latest updates.