– Ann Keane, Estyn Chief Inspector
We know that many schools have not given as much attention to numeracy as they have done for literacy, but it is vital that schools have clear plans for developing numeracy skills. The plans need to address young people's weak numeracy skills so that they can do mental arithmetic, grasp numerical reasoning and don't have to rely on a calculator.
Basic numeracy is an essential life skill that is needed in most jobs and in managing personal finances. But a majority of pupils struggle to understand how numeracy is relevant to their everyday lives and this needs to be tackled.
Pupils are struggling with basic maths in half of the secondary schools inspected between 2010-2012, according to the school's inspectorate.