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March 2014: Government establishes an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Maths and Numeracy

On World Maths day (March 12, 2014), Elizabeth Truss MP announced the launch of an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Maths and Numeracy.

Big DataThe group is focusing on the important role that maths plays in our ‘life chances’. As Elizabeth Truss states: ‘Someone who does well at maths at age 10 will earn more well into their 30s: and if they go on to A level, the effect only grows stronger.’

The key areas to watch out for: 

  • Both Conservatives and Labour want all students to continue with maths until 18.
  • Primary maths curriculum changes will place a greater emphasis on core arithmetic.
  • Secondary curriculum changes will mean the creation of new GCSEs which will be ‘more challenging, ambitious and rigorous’.
  • A new maths hub will be created with 30 regional centres set up to help schools improve maths teaching.
  • Up to 60 maths teachers from China will come to the hubs to help teachers learn from their techniques.
  • 2 leading English maths teachers from each of the 30 hubs will work in schools in China for at least a month, and up to a year. 

Find out more at: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/elizabeth-truss-speaks-about-maths-teaching

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Date added: March 17, 2014

 

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