Godsway Dzoboku – Maths - Associate Director of Maths, Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Godsway’s belief that every student, irrespective of their background or circumstance should be given the support to learn and achieve their full potential has been fundamental in shaping both his teaching and leadership career. His passion for Maths and ability to inspire both students and staff to achieve results has led to the transformation of a failing department (bottom 10% of schools nationally) to an outstanding department (top 2% of schools nationally) within a three year period. In the past 4 years, Godsway has led the Maths department at Outwood Academy Portland. During this period the department moved from 35% A* - C to 82% A* - C (FFT rank 5 – 74%) with 83% 3LOP (FFT rank 5 – 77%) and 53% 4LOP. This was achieved through the establishment of a departmental ethos based on inspiring students, having high expectations, team work, praise culture, use of positive language with both staff and students and working collaboratively with other departments and SLT. The departmental ethos contributed to shaping the ethos of the Academy which resulted in the Academy being judged outstanding in all categories in March 2014.

On several occasions Godsway has shared his passion with primary school pupils through Maths Master Classes both at Outwood Academy Portland and in the individual primary schools and recently led the department to organise and deliver sessions to primary school teachers on the teaching of level 5/6 Maths topics and the challenges that the new primary Maths curriculum brings.

Godsway was also adjudged the 2013 Guardian best teacher in the Bassetlaw district for his consistent impact on the quality of teaching and learning within the district.

As a member of the Outwood Grange Family of schools, he has contributed towards the leadership and teaching of Maths in the family of schools and is also currently working as an Associate Director of Maths across the family of schools. This role entails working collaboratively with other Maths departments and senior leadership teams to rapidly raise and sustain students’ achievement and progress in Maths. It also involves the development of resources, intervention strategies, schemes of work and building capacity. He hopes to share his passion and love of Maths with other teachers and students; and also inspire and support them to achieve outstanding results through his roles as SLE and also as an Associate Director of Maths