Pupils’ numeracy skills in Wales are cause for concern

The state of maths education in schools in Wales is criticised in the annual report of the Welsh schools inspectorate, Estyn, out this week.

Head of Estyn Ann Keane warned that standards in numeracy and quality of leadership were concerning. 

Education in Wales is showing signs of improvement but a slide in primary school standards and pupils’ numeracy skills are cause for concern, the nation’s chief inspector warns.

She said standards in secondary schools had improved and were good or better in just over half of schools inspected but numeracy skills – and the quality of maths teaching – were an issue.

According to Ms Keane only half of primary and secondary schools in Wales have developed robust plans for delivering numeracy across the curriculum and many staff do not see it as a main priority despite a renewed focus nationally.

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