Pupils' 'basic maths' struggle

Pupils are struggling with basic maths in half of the secondary schools inspected between 2010-2012, according to the school's inspectorate.

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Welsh government welcomes numeracy report

This report shows where we have been successful in developing numeracy skills in our schools and in teaching numeracy across the curriculum and where performance needs to be strengthened. The recommendations will inform the ongoing work of the Welsh Government, local authorities and schools to ensure that numeracy levels are improved. We welcome the report's findings and congratulate those schools and local authorities highlighted whose effective approaches and collaborative work in helping to raise learners' numeracy skills are leading the way.

We have clear evidence that the best results are obtained where there is an agreed, co-ordinated approach to teaching and learning in numeracy. Where numeracy is given the requisite priority in school improvement plans and where numeracy skills are taught systematically and pupils given enough opportunities to apply their skills substantial improvements can be achieved.

The recommendations in Estyn's report illustrate why the actions outlined in the National Numeracy Programme are key in helping to raise overall levels of attainment in numeracy in schools in Wales.

– Welsh government spokesperson

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