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Mathematics Teaching

Volume 35: debated on Wednesday 19 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will seek to ensure that schools provide, in addition to knowledge of computer applications, a basic understanding of the fundamentals of mathematics; and if he will make a statement.

The increasing availability of computers in schools has considerable implications for the teaching of mathematics, and reinforces the need for pupils to develop their mathematical understanding and confidence. We have commended to local education authorities and schools the report of the Cockcroft committee, which makes important recommendations and proposals for the improvement of mathematics teaching.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of school staff involved in teaching computer applications have a degree or equivalent qualification in mathematics; if he will take steps to increase this proportion; and if he will make a statement.

This information is not available in the Department. However, mathematical competence is only one of the skills that may be required in teaching different aspects of computer applications.