Hamilton runs education projects that provide support to its local community and across the country.
The Hamilton Primary Numeracy Project
Many children struggle with core maths skills due to a lack of self-confidence and limited practice opportunities. Hamilton established the Hamilton Primary Numeracy Project (HPNP) in Oxfordshire to address this problem by linking Year 11 and 12 students with Key Stage 2 pupils in local primary schools for 1-2-1 maths support.
Both tutees and tutors find HPNP stimulating and rewarding. Tutees show significant improvements in their maths work and also demonstrate general increases in confidence, willingness to participate in class, and enthusiasm for school. Student tutors gain raised self-esteem, enhanced confidence, meta-understanding of maths concepts, transferable teaching skills and something extra for their CVs and UCAS applications.
The Hamilton Secondary Numeracy Project
Evidence shows that numeracy skills decline precipitously in Key Stage 3. Hamilton devised the Hamilton Secondary Numeracy Project (HSNP) to develop ways to raise and maintain numeracy levels in Key Stage 3 students.
The project provides materials to facilitate regular short numeracy input in secondary schools to address this decline. A ‘little and often’ approach ensures that numeracy skills are kept on the boil while students advance their KS3 mathematical skills and knowledge. This benefits both their success in maths in school and also their ability to understand and use numbers in their wider lives.
After a three-year longitudinal study examining the programme’s success at assisting the teaching and learning of numeracy at Key Stage 3, in secondary schools, we have redeveloped those materials and added to them. We now also have in-depth support for the numeracy skills of the lower-achieving body of KS3 students and a ground-breaking set of materials for teaching KS3 algebra through numeracy-based investigative problem solving.
Blackbird Academy Trust
Hamilton Trust works very closely with Orchard Meadow, Pegasus and Windale, the three primary schools that make up the Blackbird Academy Trust (BAT) in the Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys areas of Oxford. Hamilton delivers training to teachers, particularly in maths. We also provide mentoring and advice for teachers, working with teachers in their classrooms, in staff meetings and in dedicated sessions for maths co-ordinators, NQTs,TAs and other specialist groups. Other help for the BAT schools includes initiatives and financial support for the recruitment and retention of teaching staff within the three schools.
Oxford for Oxford
The University of Oxford has many facilities and resources which can inspire and educate Oxford’s youngsters: the Ashmolean, University, Pitt Rivers and other museums are prime examples. Hamilton Trust works with the University and Tim Brighouse, under the name Oxford for Oxford, to make these resources more accessible to - and used by - children, parents and staff, particularly those in the more challenging parts of the City.’