About Us


Welcome to the London South West Maths Hub.

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We are a part of a national network of Maths Hubs that work together in the national Maths Hub programme. More information on the Maths Hub programme can be found here http://www.mathshubs.org.uk/

The London South West Maths Hub is led by Michelle Hayfron from Belleville Primary School, James Berry from Chesterton Primary School, and in partnership with Wandsworth Local Authority.

The geographical area that we cover comprises of the boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth . We also have strong links with other surrounding areas,  and will look to engage schools in other areas where appropriate.


London SW Maths Hub Lead: Michelle Hayfron, Belleville Primary School 

Article ImageMichelle is an experienced subject leader, leading maths across our four form entry school (over 800 children from nursery to year 6).  She is also assistant head and phase leader for years 3 and 4.

Belleville’s excellent maths results illustrate the success of Michelle’s work to improve attainment and progress, with a focus on narrowing the gap between pupil premium children and their peers. 

Michelle led the introduction of ‘Maths Mastery’ (a Singaporean maths approach) at Belleville. We have been utilising this approach for two years; it is currently used from reception to year 2, with great results, and we are in the process of expanding it across the school.

Michelle also works beyond Belleville and is a core member of our Teaching School delivery team. Her recent work has included:

delivering maths training for trainee teachers and NQTs
supporting teachers and leaders in other schools
undertaking reviews of other schools
facilitating our successful Middle Leaders programme, developed collaboratively between Belleville and three alliance schools
leading the ‘Challenge the Gap’ project across nine schools, focusing on improving attainment and progress for pupil premium children.

She is an active founding member of the maths community within the Challenge Partners school improvement network. She leads Belleville’s maths Professional Learning Community (PLC) and takes a keen interest in developments in maths teaching and curriculum.

Contact: michelle.hayfron@bellevilleschool.org

London SW Maths Hub Lead: James Berry, Chesterton Primary School 

Article ImageJames has successfully led Maths at Chesterton’s two form entry school (480 children from nursery to year 6) for 4 years. He is also deputy head and lead for the London South West Maths Hub.

Over the past 4 years Chesterton has consistently achieved at standards well above national average in Maths, with children making well above average progress in Maths  from their starting point at school, this reflects James’ efforts to deliver an inclusive  maths curriculum which promotes mathematical fluency and reasoning; with a focus on progress of all pupils.

High quality teaching and learning has been at the forefront of Maths success at Chesterton, something James is incredibly passionate about. Throughout his time as Maths Subject Leader he has supported and coached a number of teachers in promoting this. James has also spread his expertise beyond Chesterton as a member of the Wandle Teaching School Alliance; as part of Wandsworth’s Maths curriculum development team and as a leading teacher within Wandsworth.

Recent work includes:

Supporting teachers in other schools in delivering Maths planning support for the new curriculum.
Undertaking reviews and delivering support packages for other schools.
Providing model lessons and supporting planning for fellow teachers as a lead practitioner.
Delivering staff training for Wandsworth based schools with a focus on developing outstanding maths practise.
Spreading the word about mastery style teaching in Maths and new pedagogical approaches.

James has a keen interest in developments in teaching and maths pedagogy – with a recent focus on Shanghai style teaching for mastery and is never far from the classroom as he continues to deliver consistently high quality maths teaching and learning on a daily basis at Chesterton. 

Contact: jberry@chesterton.wandsworth.sch.uk

Nicki Ashton: Primary Mathematics Consultant, Wandsworth LA

Article ImageNicki is the Senior Maths Consultant for Wandsworth, having worked in the LA Primary Mathematics Team since 2003, having previously been a class teacher, Leading Mathematics Teacher and mathematics subject leader.

Wandsworth LA is a high performing borough, achieving results well above national standards each year. Nicki also works as an independent consultant both within the UK and abroad.

An accredited Professional Development Lead consultant for the NCETM, Nicki’s role involves:

provision of continuing professional development for primary school teachers, middle and senior school leaders across the borough and other parts of London
writing materials to support the teaching and learning of the 2014 curriculum, including calculation policies, long term and medium term plans
delivery of bespoke maths projects for schools, in line with the national agenda and school need

Nicki recently hosted a ‘Mastery Conference’, in conjunction with the London South-West Maths hub, which drew an audience from across London, and is now developing a series of workshops for KS1 teachers to trial and develop mastery teaching into daily practice. She enjoys working with teachers - supporting and equipping them to better understand pedagogy and subject knowledge issues around mathematics, and so to teach more effectively.

Contact: nashton@wandsworth.gov.uk

Kate Mole:  London SW Maths Hub Teaching for Mastery Lead, Mathematics Lead for GLF

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Kate is an experienced senior leader who, in addition to her role with the London SW Maths Hub, is Mathematics Lead for GLF: a multi-academy trust of 27 schools, spanning across 4 counties. Prior to this, she successfully led mathematics at Nonsuch Primary School for 4 years, in addition to her role as Assistant Headteacher. Within these roles, she has supported many schools in improving mathematics teaching and learning. 

At Nonsuch, her impact in improving mathematics teaching and learning has been evident through the consistently high outcomes in mathematics – especially in 2016, when 100% of pupils in Key Stage 2 achieved Age Related Expectations as well as exceptional progress, and the school’s performance was ranked within the top 1% in the country. There has been a focus on high expectations for all children through a Teaching for Mastery approach.  

Kate is passionate about supporting teachers and schools to develop and embed Teaching for Mastery in mathematics pedagogy. She has excellent subject knowledge and is able to support schools to implement the approach coherently and strategically to ensure maximum impact.

Recent work includes:

  • Support to GLF schools to implement Teaching for Mastery
  • Successful implementation of Teaching for Mastery at Nonsuch Primary
  • Supporting individual teachers across numerous schools in their planning and teaching of mathematics
  • Supporting subject leaders and senior leaders in other schools to assess current mathematics teaching and learning and to create strategic action plans to implement Teaching for Mastery
  • Delivering INSET training for many schools across South West London and Surrey to support the implementation of the Teaching for Mastery approach

Contact: k.mole@glfschools.org