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Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress is being made in the implementation of recommendation 3 of the Williams Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools. (247332)

The Williams Review recommended that a maths specialist teacher should be available to every primary school by 2019. A small pathfinder project is currently running to test issues relating to the training for maths specialists. This was launched in October 2008 and involves seven LAs with eight schools in each, and a total of 56 trainee teachers. Early evidence shows a positive reaction from the teachers involved and the training improving their confidence, enjoyment and understanding of mathematics.