As many will know, the decision was made last academic year to no longer have a council wide development officer for numeracy or literacy which meant that aspect of my job came to an end. I was fortunate that I was able to continue in post but just continuing with the schools that were part of the Scottish Attainment Challenge Schools Programme. Unfortunately, shortly before Easter, I was told that the post would not be part of the renewed Scottish Attainment Challenge funding and as such that part came to an end too and the post now ceases to exist entirely.
I just wanted to write one final post to say what a privilege it’s been to work with so many wonderful people over the years in so many schools across Highland but also beyond. I am especially grateful for having had an opportunity to work closely with my predecessors and colleagues, Julie Brewer who started the whole Highland Numeracy journey with the Highland Numeracy Progression (and who I continue to work closely with now) and Kirsten Mackay who started this blog. More recently I’ve been fortunate to expand my knowledge of mathematics in the Early Years working with Seonaid Cooke and look more broadly at where maths sits with STEM by drawing on Kat Thomas’ experiences.
If you are in Highland and haven’t yet found it, a Highland Numeracy and Mathematics shared drive was set up during the pandemic with a whole host of resources far beyond what is possible to host manageably on this blog. All teachers in Highland have access to it by logging into your Highland Google account and looking in the ‘Shared Drives’ section. If you don’t see it then look near the top right hand corner for ‘hidden shared drives’ and you’ll find it there. It would be a shame for them to go to waste!
If you’re still interested in accessing blog posts by me and, at some point in the near future, additional resources related to maths, then I’ve just set up my own blog here and reactivated my twitter account (@SELeakey) where I intend to continue posting on all things maths related.
Thanks to everyone’s involvement in all things related to Highland Numeracy and Mathematics over the years. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to be immersed in what I love for so long!