Yesterday saw the Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, launch a National Numeracy Programme (NNP) in Wales, with him stating that he wants to change the view that being poor with numbers is acceptable – supporting our attitudes campaign.
The programme drawn up for the Welsh government will be used by local authorities, headteachers and school governors.
The NNP, aimed at 5 to 14-yr-olds, says it will focus on four key areas:
- Enhancing numeracy across the curriculum
- Advancing teaching practice in numeracy
- Supporting learners quickly and successfully
- Communicating the power of numeracy.
We are pleased that one of our trustees, Di Hatchett, has been appointed on to the expert panel which will guide and steer the implementation and on-going development of NNP.
This launch follows poor results in the last Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) three years ago which showed pupils in Wales falling behind other countries.
The NNP will also provide more training for newly qualified teachers, including a new course, a Masters in Educational Practice. Part of the second year of this is based around tackling poor literacy and numeracy.
The plan is to introduce the changes starting from next year with the aim to improve teaching standards and results and to identify more quickly children needing help to catch up.
Read more on the Welsh Government’s website, including a timeline of their plans.