We believe that maths and computer science are subjects that are vital to the future, while also being areas where more can be done to give young people opportunities to be creative and solve problems in the context of real-world problems and consequently engage a broader range of young people.
Consequently, we wanted to find new and innovative ways to deliver these skills and share them more widely. Furthermore, we wanted to recognise and reward teachers who are going above and beyond the call of duty in developing teaching practice in their subject, but are not necessarily getting the recognition for it they deserve.
We awarded 15 UK secondary maths and computer science teachers or teaching assistants £5,000 each to recognise their work. The £5,000 was awarded to schools and colleges to further their maths and computer science programmes.
We awarded teachers or teaching assistants who had developed and tried out an idea in their classroom which gave young people the opportunity to solve problems and/or be creative in maths or computer science.
We found 15 highly innovative ideas on how to deliver creativity and problem solving in maths and computer science. These ranged from a James Bond themed maths day to lessons about facial recognition involving zombies.
In addition, through research conducted while setting up Classroom Changemakers, we found that teachers are overwhelmingly keen to give their students more opportunities to get creative and solve problems, but often do not have the time and resources.