National award for Coatbridge primary school

Congratulations to everyone at St Stephen's Primary and Language and Communication Support Centre on winning the numeracy prize at this year's Scottish Education Awards

St Stephen's win at Scottish Education Awards 2019

The Coatbridge school won the national award for in the Raising Attainment in Numeracy at a special ceremony in Glasgow Hilton, on Wednesday 5 June, with staff and pupils from across the school in attendance.

The awards celebrate the hard work and success which takes place in Scottish education.

Martine Watt, Head Teacher of St Stephen's Primary School, said: "It's really wonderful news for everyone associated with our school that we have won this prestigious award.

"I'd like to thank all our pupils, parents and staff for all their hard work, commitment and enthusiasm which has resulted in this national recognition.

"Our guided approach is about handing over the lead in learning to children.

"Over the past two years we have worked hard to develop teacher understanding of children's mathematical thinking.

"This is a result of the great professional development opportunities that we've had in maths.

"Seven of our teachers undertook a masters course in maths with Strathclyde University. It was through this course that they were introduced to leading educational academic Dr. Lio Moscadini, who has become a real friend of the school.

"He has worked with our staff and pupils within the classroom environment and in collaboration with academics from the Wisconsin and Illinois universities, through regular Skype sessions.

"We are incredibly proud of the hard work and commitment of all staff and parents to this area of school improvement, which is truly transformational."

The awards, which are run jointly by the Daily Record and the Scottish Government, are now in their 18th year and recognise achievements in education.

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