Sir Peter Williams launched the final report of his review of mathematics teaching in primary schools and early years settings at the NCETM Annual Conference on 17 June.
Sir Peter emphasised that teachers were at the heart of his review, given the influence that they have in developing children’s confidence and attitudes towards mathematics as well as their mathematical skills.
One of the main recommendations of the report is that within ten years there should be at least one Mathematics Specialist in every primary school. This doesn’t need to be a teacher with a high level of qualification in mathematics – it is much more about depth of understanding of the mathematics that is taught, effective ways of teaching and enthusiasm for the subject.
Welcoming the Report, Jane Imrie, Executive Director of the National Centre said:
“The Williams Review on the teaching of Mathematics in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools is hugely important. It sets out very clearly the challenges we face to ensure all students realise their mathematical potential and how we might meet these challenges in a realistic way.
“As Executive Director of the National Centre, I applaud the emphasis throughout the Review on finding time and opportunity for teacher professional development and, specifically, the steps set out to achieve a situation where there will be one Mathematics Specialist in each primary school with deep mathematical subject and pedagogical knowledge. This is an exciting agenda for all of us and I look forward to working with others to make the recommendations of the review a reality.”
There will be a CPD programme which will give a great opportunity for interested but not necessarily mathematically confident teachers to engage with the subject and become mathematics champions.
The report also makes recommendations relating to the Early Years Foundation Stage, Intervention and the Mathematics Curriculum.
The full report of the Independent Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools can be viewed on the DfE website.
Join the discussion about Specialist Mathematics Teachers or about other aspects of the Williams Review in the Primary Forum.