Filled with Pi

Stoke on Trent College has cooked up a fantastic way to celebrate National Pi Day 2014 and make sure it’s “filled” with activities!

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Stoke on Trent College Maths Champion and Advanced Skills Teacher Martin Newton (pictured) is delivering master-classes throughout the day as part of a government initiative to help functional skills tutors become GCSE math teachers.

The plan is due to an increasing demand for Math teachers following the announcement of a national shortage. Learners aged 16-19 now have to continue to do GCSE Maths until they get a grade C, so more teachers are needed. The government has a target of training 2000 teachers to become GCSE Maths teachers.

Earlier this week ministers announced plans that Maths teachers are also to be flown in from China to help raise standards in Britain.

Sixty English-speaking teachers from Shanghai will be placed in schools from September to promote methods following a fact-finding trip to China by Education Minister Liz Truss.

Martin, who is a Professional Development lead for the National Centre of Excellence in Teaching Mathematics, has also teamed up with catering lecturer David Moss (pictured) to ensure the day is definitely “filled” with “Pi”.

Throughout the day staff and students from across Stoke on Trent College get to enjoy fruit- filled and savoury pies served up in The Atrium restaurant as part of the celebration.

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