Abigail Sayers - Associate Director of Maths, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

The purpose of Abigail’s role is to support departments and ultimately improve attainment and progress, particularly at KS4, so that every student achieves their full potential. Abigail qualified as an AST in June 2011, has been a head of year and was a Lead Teacher for APP within the Leeds Education Authority. These array of roles and experiences have given a comprehensive view of departments and schools.

She is an experienced head of department and recently led the mathematics department at Outwood Academy Acklam in Middlesbrough. She set up personalised intervention, invigorated the department and worked closely with SLT to improve the results. This had a significant impact and, from a cohort with an average point score of 24, managed to increase maths results by 11% to 51% within a year.

Abigail’s passion is teaching maths and her belief is that all students, in all circumstances, deserve the opportunity to be successful. It is just a matter of finding the right approach that helps engage and excite them. She especially enjoys supporting other teachers with this and shares practice wherever possible.