From the editor
We would be really interested in hearing your feedback on the Primary Magazine. We would like to know your views on what you have liked and what you found less useful. We would like to know if you have used any of the ideas from the ‘focus’ and ‘maths to share’ articles. We would like to hear your feedback on the Up2d8 maths based around the credit crunch – were you able to use it with your class? How did it go?
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Compared to 1997, 93 000 more 11-year-olds are now achieving the target level for their age in mathematics. However, the shadow schools minister, Nick Gibb, asserted that, “Since Labour came to power, a total of over three million pupils have not obtained the basics in the three Rs, and ministers have still failed to hit targets that they promised to meet two years ago. We must ensure that every pupil leaves primary school able to master the basics.”
To this end, one of the latest initiatives being piloted in 21 local authorities this term is Every Child Counts. The government is hoping that this early intervention programme will stop children falling behind. For more details click here to read an article published in The Guardian.
If you are involved in the pilot, it would be really interesting to hear your experiences of this so far ....is it working, is it sustainable? Please add your comments to the Primary Forum.
You might be interested in reading about an alternative improvement agenda in mathematics teaching set up by The Wroxham School in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. Click here for an article about their strategies which include a belief in not labelling children according to attainment. It’s well worth reading.