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North Mids and Peaks Maths Hub

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Welcome to North Mids Maths Hub website led by Painsley Catholic College in Cheadle, Staffordshire.

North Mids Maths Hub is one of a network of 40 Maths Hubs in England, working together within the Maths Hubs Programme, which began in 2014. The programme is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). Find out more about the programme at

Meet the team:

Clare Oberman

Senior Maths Hub Lead

Gillian White

Maths Hub Lead

Matthew Linney

Assistant Maths Hub Lead

Jo Brereton

Maths Hub Co-Ordinator

Louise Rushton

Maths Hub Finance

Gill Holmes

Primary Teaching for Mastery Lead

Donna Preston

Primary Teaching for Mastery Lead

Shobha Tynan

Secondary Teaching for Mastery Lead


Jill Machin

Level 3 Lead







Sara Bentley

Maths Hub Administrator




The areas we cover are based on the following local authorities:

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire:

and Walsall:

The North Mids Maths Hub is currently working on the following projects, amongst others: 

Sharing good practice from the Shanghai Teacher Exchange and mastery

    • Providing CPD in the implementation of post-16 mathematics; including pedagogy and technology

    • Supporting non-specialists in their delivery of mathematics

    • Providing support for colleagues in response to the new curriculum changes from early years to GCSE

    • EYFS supporting colleagues in their delivery

    • Developing Maths Leadership

    • TA in maths programme - working together 

    • Maintaining links with ITT providers

    • SEND provision

  • Our overall aim is for all young people to participate, be inspired and succeed in mathematics.

    The following are members of our strategic board and help drive, direct and quality assure the work of the hub:

    Fiona Stagg - Chair

    Gillian White- Maths Hub Lead 

    Gillian took on the role of Maths Hub Lead in 2016 and oversees the implementation of all Maths Hub Work Groups, the Maths Hub Team and the organisation of conferences. Gillian has been teaching maths since 1990 at key stages 3 to 5.

    Clare Oberman- Senior Maths Hub Lead

    Clare took on the role of Senior Maths Hub Lead in 2018. Clare is also the Director of Painsley Catholic College Teaching School Alliance and delivers training on a variety of themes such as pupil premium and NPQML.

    Matthew Linney- Assistant Maths Hub Lead

    Matthew has been involved with the Maths Hub programme since its inception in 2014. He currently edits the North Mids newsletter and maintains the website and Twitter account. Matthew has been teaching at key stages 3 to 5 since 2000.

    Barbara Rodgers – NCETM Senior Link

    Dave Benson

    Dave is Mathematics Education Coordinator and Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby.

    Karen Sedgwick

    Gill Liebeck

    Gill is the Director of Studies at Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education (KNSTE). Gill's role includes Subject Knowledge Enrichment (Maths and English), Personal Tutor, and Marking Tutor.

    Richard Stakes

    Richard is Advanced Maths Support Programme Area Coordinator for Staffordshire, Shropshire and Telford. Richard currently works in the mathematics department at Keele University.

    Lucy Hancock

    Kelvin Peel

    Kelvin is the West Midlands Teaching School Co-ordinator and his role is to support the effective operation of Teaching Schools in their aim of providing school to school support, initial teacher training (ITT) and continuous professional learning and development (CPLD) to the wider system.

    Sally Miner

    Sally Miner is Head Teacher at Ryders Hayes Teaching School, Pelsall, Walsall, home to 3 primary Maths Specialists, and leaders in the Black Country for: Oracy; one of the first Primary Careers Hubs, and Early Years - supporting 32 schools across the Black Country to close the Word Gap and improve GLD.

    David Clarke

    Margaret Yates

    Marie Bateman

    Marie is the Assistant Director at Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education (KNSTE). Marie is responsible for placements, teacher educator development, training and is a mathematics tutor.

    Daniel Tallentire - Industry Representative


    Maths Hub Lead Teacher Mrs Gillian White at:

    Deputy Maths Hub Lead Teacher Mr Matthew Linney at:

    Maths Hub Senior Lead:   Ms Clare Oberman at:

    Maths Hub Administrator: Mrs Joanne Brereton at:

    Maths Hub Administrator:  Mrs Sara Bentley at: