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Primary Education: Mathematics

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what criteria the review of primary and early years mathematics teaching led by Sir Peter Williams will adopt for giving weight to submissions received. (154606)

It will be for Sir Peter Williams to determine what weight he gives to submissions to the review of mathematics teaching in primary schools and early years settings. However, Sir Peter Williams will consider all submissions received and there will be opportunities for a wide range of stakeholders to contribute. Specific focus will be given to those submissions which relate directly to the terms of reference for the review, which are as follows:

Through examination of the available evidence including international best practice and through engagement with the teaching profession, the Primary Maths Review will consider and make recommendations in the following areas:

What is the most effective pedagogy of maths teaching in primary schools and early years settings. That consideration should include instructional methodologies, teaching and learning strategies, and lesson designs that are most effective in helping children to progress in their learning.

What range of provision best supports children across the full ability range, including the most gifted. The highest priority should be given to those who are not progressing fast enough to reach national expectations. The review should specifically make recommendations to inform the development of an early (age 5 to 7) intervention programme for children who are failing to master the basics of numeracy—“Every Child Counts”—as recently announced by the Prime Minister.

What conceptual and subject knowledge of mathematics should be expected of primary school teachers and early years practitioners, and how should initial teaching training and continuing professional development be improved to secure that knowledge.

What is the most effective design and sequencing of the mathematics curriculum. Recommendations in this area should inform a future review of the primary curriculum as a whole.

How should parents and families best be helped to support young children’s mathematical development.