Following the successful Sky Living for Sport project that was implemented by Matt Barratt (Deputy Headteacher) and Dave Russell (Maths project leader), the school were nominated by their Athlete Mentor, Paul Broadbent for both UK Sky Living for Sport project of the year and also UK Sky Living for Sport Teacher of the year.
The project centred around the combination of football and maths; where pupils worked in teams, developing their GCSE maths knowledge from the data they gathered during their 5-a-side football league.
The project had a significant impact on the students involved not only in terms of their progress and GCSE ability but also to their attendance and attitude to learning.
The combination of both the innovative use of the curriculum and the impact on the pupils secured the schools nomination from the hundreds of projects that Paul is involved with.
The school was then required to provide a detailed overview of their project to make the final 22 of all projects from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. With the shortlisting stage successful, Parkside was at the behest of the judges to crowned United Kingdom project of the year and Teacher of the year.
Although not winning the overall award, the school was one of 12 to have their project highly commended and Maths teacher Dave Russell made the final shortlist for teacher of the year. Deputy Headteacher, Matt Barratt added; “Although disappointed not to be overall winners the school are absolutely delighted to have had their work recognised at a national level. The project was only ever about improving the learning experiences for the pupils involved and Dave Russell and I are absolutely delighted we achieved this.”
Matt further added his delight in seeing colleague Dave Russell make the final UK shortlist for teacher of the year “Dave is an exceptionally conscientious teacher who, like the staff at Parkside, work tirelessly for the Parkside pupils, it is therefore extremely well deserved and a fantastic recognition of his continual hard work and commitment.”
The school have already launched their next Sky Living for Sport project; this is based on a similar model and is utilising Orienteering to engage and improve the progress of its Y7 and Y8 Maths students.