Ian Taylor

posted Oct 8, 2015, 7:37 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 7:37 AM ]
SLE Specialism: Maths (Lead)

Ian is the national leader for mathematics and numeracy at the Academies Enterprise Trust and has built the mathematics and numeracy team over the last two years attracting highly esteemed colleagues from the mathematics community. Ian started teaching in one of the countries most challenging secondary schools based in one of the countries most deprived towns. Ian thoroughly enjoyed the role of engaging extremely challenging students in mathematics, to understanding the importance of learning and achieving GCSE success.

Following Ian’s AST report colleagues from around the country whom wanted to view ways of engaging the most challenging inner city students regularly observed him. Ian formed his own model to raise standards within mathematic departments and his work then took him nationally where he shared ideas to head teachers and teachers alike whilst delivering demonstration lessons in schools to prove his ideas. Ian felt that this demonstration of his ideas helped him to build authenticity and sincerity when delivering training, seminars, workshops and speeches.

Ian is obsessed with the concept of inspiring young people to see the true beauty of mathematics in the wider world and feels passionately that to do so we need to develop a strong learning culture both within our classrooms and our departments. He feels we often need to remind ourselves why we work in education and use this to form our personal vision for the job, that way we understand we are teachers, not just teachers of our subject but teachers and the teachers role is to inspire.

To inspire Ian feels there are four main areas of focus for mathematics departments:

  1. To develop inspiring and effective lessons using a model of outstanding practice.
  2. To focus on developing a strong learning culture by ensuring we harness student’s self-esteem through the development of lifelong transferable skills including such career enhancing attributes as leadership, communication and effective thinking.
  3. To ensure that the mathematics department develop as outstanding and innovative entities in their own right, sustaining processes, ideas and input from Ian’s team then moving on to grow and progress under their own steam.
  4. Continue to embody the vision that it is out duty to inspire young people to see the true beauty of mathematics in the wider world by bringing mathematics alive thereby making it exciting, relevant and easy.