The Top-Top Set Maths project is running a pilot in four secondary schools, namely Plashet and Lister Schools in Newham, Bulmershe School in Reading and Ratton School in Eastbourne
The project encourages schools to create a Top-Top Set, in addition to their standard setting, to cater for the top ~7.5% of students.
The aim of the pilot is to maximise the potential of numerate and ambitious students (starting in Year 7), by nurturing and challenging them until they leave school. Students involved in the project will be developing a set of mathematical skills and a passion for the subject that will enable them to earn places on STEM degree courses at the best universities.
If the pilot is successful, the aim is to grow the project rapidly. Our aspiration is that the Top-Top Set Maths become available in all schools, thereby significantly increasing the number of high-performing STEM students, particularly from groups who have been previously under-represented.
The Top-Top Set Maths project was started by author Simon Singh and the charity Good Thinking.
The Newham part of the project is being co-ordinated by Matthew Squire at Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre.
We are very grateful to our donors – John Lyon’s Charity, Winton Philanthropies, London Mathematical Society and Emmanuel College (Cambridge University) – for their generous support.
How to run Top-Top Set Maths at your school
If you are interested in running a Top-Top maths set in your school (and you have a spare maths teacher), then please get in touch and we can share our learning with you.
We might even be able to offer grants to help seed Top-Top Sets.