Latest news from the Centres for Excellence in Maths programme.
Adding up to bullseye with sports duo
Colin Lloyd, former world number one ranking darts player, will visit Tameside College to support students with their maths skills. He will be joined by Ian Mculloch, a former English snooker player, who will demonstrate the importance of mathematics in their respective sports.
The duo will visit the college’s Beaufort Road campus with a darts competition involving practical maths skills as students prepare for their GCSEs. The event takes place on Friday 11th February.
Colin reached the semi-finals of the world championships in 2002 and won in the 2004 World Grand Prix and 2005 World Matchplay competitions. Ian was formerly ranked world number 16 and reached the final of the snooker Grandprix in 2004 and reached the semi-finals of the World Championship in 2005.
‘Project darts’ has been launched as part of the college’s centre of excellence in maths as a way of reducing barriers; as students learn in more informal settings. Students will be interviewed before and after the event to help teachers embed the project into the college’s timetable in the future. Jackie Moores, principal of Tameside College and Clarendon Sixth Form College, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Colin and Ian to the college. We are excited about the project as it offers a fresh opportunity to engage students and allow them to see the real world application of maths. Colin and Ian are both hugely engaging characters who have reached the top of their professions. Their visit will lay the foundation for new teaching and innovative strategies in maths for GCSE resit students.”