Our story

Hamilton Trust is a UK charity working to support inspirational teaching and learning.   

On our website, we provide high quality, fully adaptable planning and resources to primary school teachers to help them deliver robust and engaging lessons.  There is also a raft of strategic and training documents and videos to promote a strong pedagogical and strategic basis for teaching.

Hamilton Trust has 70,000 regular users to the site, over a million visits to it a year.

Mike O’Regan founded Hamilton Trust in 1988 to develop and support the education of children in the Blackbird Leys, Rose Hill and Barton estates in Oxford.  Having had their educational potential underestimated for too long, we can enable children from areas of socio-economic disadvantage to create for themselves the individual life opportunities they deserve through high-quality education and high expectations.

Professor Ruth Merttens joined Hamilton Trust in 1996 as co-director.  Together with Mike, she set up and directed the Hamilton Maths and Reading Projects to boost those subjects in Oxford schools located in areas of significant deprivation.  As word leaked out about Hamilton’s planning materials, demand for them spread, and Hamilton started providing them for teachers in other schools.

As technology developed, Hamilton built a website to ‘Save teachers’ Sundays!’ to allow Hamilton's reach to expand significantly.  Ruth’s training sessions also have long been in high demand, and she travels far and wide on behalf of Hamilton offering training to clusters of schools and teachers who want to focus on improving maths teaching and learning.

Teachers download over 7 million plans and resources from our website every year.

The range of Hamilton's planning materials has expanded to include a full science scheme and a multitude of cross-curricular topics, all accessed by teachers throughout the UK and beyond; our plans and resources are used by teachers in over 200 different countries across the globe.  In 2014, Hamilton Trust’s name was changed to William Rowan Hamilton Trust, fully naming the noted Irish mathematician after whom the Trust was named and who was also Mike’s great great grandfather.  Hamilton still works closely with primary schools in Blackbird Leys, from whom we derive enormous amounts of inspiration for improving educational opportunities.