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Plans to accelerate Mathematics improvements

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

Education Minister, Huw Lewis has demonstrated the Welsh Government's ongoing commitment to improving the teaching and learning of maths in Welsh schools by accepting the recommendations of a major new report.
Friday 18 December 2015

Earlier this year the Minister established a Task and Finish Group for Mathematics and asked the group to look at existing support as well as what more could be done to improve the standard of Maths teaching and learning.

The group’s ensuing report contained 14 different recommendations, all of which are aimed at developing existing Mathematics teaching practice or improving the flow of quality Maths teachers into the profession.

The report also challenges all schools in Wales to join  the debate around existing mathematics practice, to  draw on the group’s findings around what effective mathematics pedagogy looks like,  and to develop that  into tangible improvements in the classroom.

The Minister said:

“Welsh performance in Maths is already on the up and I was really encouraged by this year’s GCSE results which showed 64.4% of our young people achieving A*-C in this key subject.

“This is  2.7 percentage points higher than last year and  our highest Mathematics performance to date and it is undoubtedly the result of a great deal of hard work by both our teachers and pupils. However there is more still to do and I am keen to build on our success.

“The Task and Finish group has put forward a range of  recommendations aimed at improving maths teaching practice and encouraging a flow of high quality maths teachers into the profession,  and I am happy to accept or accept in principle all 14 of their recommendations.

“I am also pleased to announce £140,000 to Consortia to deliver a national programme of professional development events focussed on Primary Maths teaching that will take place early in 2016.

“I can absolutely see the value of a Centre of Excellence for Maths, particularly in supporting school to school working and peer support. The group’s recommendations on developing Maths Hub Schools align with that and I am proposing that this approach be brought into the work of our Pioneer schools as part of work on the New Deal and curriculum reform.  

“All of this, of course, will align with the direction set out in our plan A Curriculum for Wales: a curriculum for life.

“This is a comprehensive report on Mathematics teaching and I would like to thank the Chair, Michael Griffiths OBE, and all group members for their hard work in developing it.”

As a result of the recommendations, the Welsh Government will consider alternative routes  into mathematics teaching for suitably qualified individuals and will also commission new work to capture information on professional learning opportunities for teachers of mathematics, science and ICT.

The Welsh Government is already progressing work to improve the quality of and quantity of Maths teachers following the Education Minister’s acceptance of Professor Furlong’s Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers report. It is also in the process of overhauling accreditation criteria for Initial Teacher Training.



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