Kirkland numeracy initiative adds up to success


KIRKLAND High School and Community College is in the running for a top award.

The Methil secondary is one of only three Fife challengers selected as finalists at the Scottish Education Awards 2011.

Kirkland has been nominated as a contender for the Numeracy Across Learning Award to celebrate its successes in raising the standards of mathematics and teaching.

The school has been recognised for its innovative approach and work with cluster primary schools to integrate the teaching of maths and numeracy.

It has developed a number of active lessons that inspire and engage pupils in numeracy, including “maths without a pencil” sessions and integrating business studies and maths to create a stock market challenge.

Teachers from Kirkland also make regular visits to P6 and P7 classes to deliver lessons aimed at increasing pupils’ confidence with traditionally difficult areas of mathematics.

Caskieberran Primary in Glenrothes and Amy Schulz from St Andrew’s RC High School, Kirkcaldy, are the other Fife contenders joining Kirkland at the coveted awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow, on June 14.

Staff and pupils from Caskieberrran Primary are in the running for the Enterprise and Employability Across Learning Award (Primary and Early Years). The school captured the judges’ attention for its formal business partnership with the Lomond Group housebuilders which proved to be a vauable educational experience for pupils.

Bryan Kirkaldy, head of education at Fife Council said: “We are delighted with the deserved recognition of skill and commitment that has come from these awards once again.

“Congratulations to Caskieberran, Kirkland and Amy Schulz for their dedication, hard work and commitment to the pupils and the education service.”

The Scottish Education Awards are open to all publicly funded schools, including secondary, primary, nursery and special schools.

There are also categories to recognise and reward the dedication of teachers, headteachers and support staff across the country.

Local people have been thanked by the organisers for nominating their own “education stars” in Fife and a specially selected panel of judges has selected the finalists and a winner from each category will be announced at the award ceremony.

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