Major Projects usually involve donations in excess of £10,000 pa and are aimed at supporting developments in the teaching of Mathematics to young people. A strategic review in 2011 decided to move towards concentrating on such projects. The concept was not entirely new since there had already been a project (known as the “Twins Project”) involving research by Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital and the Royal Society Fellowship project had already commenced. These projects are closely followed by the Trustees and one Trustee is nominated to report on progress at each Trustee meeting.
Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses
The Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses introduce students to aspects or applications of mathematics which are not usually covered in the school curriculum, such as cryptography, mazes or the relevance of geometry in fashion. They are designed to counteract widespread negative attitudes towards mathematics among young people, and contribute to a long-term shift in attitudes towards Mathematics.
CACT has sponsored the Masterclass programmes in London for Years 10, 11 and 12 age groups for three years and has recently agreed to renew this support by donating £30,000 pa for a further three years from Sept 2018.
Geoffrey Heywood Awards
The Trust is providing financial assistance to enable staff of certain selected schools which specialise in Mathematics to extend their outreach work to other secondary schools in their area. CACT is now supporting three schools under this award scheme, two of which are specialist sixth form Maths schools.
This project was named the Geoffrey Heywood Award to commemorate the Founding Master of the Worshipful Company of Actuaries, who left a substantial legacy to the Charitable Trust on his death in 2013.
Education Endowment Foundation
The Trust has provided £32,000 over a two year period to support a large scale nation-wide trial of a project to improve the teaching of Maths in primary schools. Preliminary smaller scale trials have been particularly promising and this trial, involving over 7,000 children could, if successful, lead to a national roll-out. Our money has specifically funded the trial in 20 primary schools in South East London, with whom we hope to build longer term relationships. At the time of writing the trial has been completed and we are awaiting the final report.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) was established with Government money “to raise the educational attainment of disadvantaged children by identifying and funding promising educational innovations.”
Michael Pomery, Chairman