Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools. Interim report.
The Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools, chaired by Sir Peter Williams, was announced by the Secretary of State on the 10 July 2007. The Review has looked at the available evidence on specific areas in mathematics education and has proposed recommendations for a way forward, all with an aim of raising standards in mathematics education. This, the interim report, published on 19 March 2008, presents the review panel’s current thinking and makes preliminar
Primary ICT: Whiteboard Maths – Eight Lesson Starts
This is one of four video clips on Teachers TV providing starter activities for mathematics and literacy. This 15 minute video clip provides eight lesson starter activities for KS2 mathematics lessons. Each of the eight clips presents a dramatised situation that highlights a mathematical problem involving one or more of these mathematical topics that can be used in the main part of the maths lesson: angles, fractions and percentages, multiplication and division, and volume. These clips are suppo
Independent Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools. Final Report
This is the final report of the Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools, chaired by Sir Peter Williams. This extensive review was announced by the Secretary of State on the 10 July 2007 and the final report sets out the review’s conclusions in light of an extensive period of information and evidence gathering. The review follows, and is complementary to, the Rose Review of teaching of early reading, and will complement Sir Jim Rose’s review of the whole pr
Standards in English Primary Education: the international evidence
This report, one of a series of interim reports from the Cambridge Primary Review, is an independent enquiry into the condition and future of primary education in England with a specific focus on the comparative performance of English pupils in reading, mathematics and science.
Teachers TV Primary Framework week
This week (22 - 28 September), Teachers TV has a week of programmes looking at the revised Primary Framework, promoting the Primary Framework as a tool for improving the teaching and learning of mathematics and literacy.
Mathematics: understanding the score
The Ofsted report ‘Mathematics: understanding the score' was published on 19th September, spearing news headlines which emphasise one of the findings, that too much mathematics is "taught to the test". The report is drawn from evidence garnered chiefly during inspections between April 2005 and December 2007 from 192 schools. This evidence, as the report clearly states, played a part in the findings of the Primary Review of Mathematics, published last Summer.
Getting back on track - pupils who make slow progress in English, mathematics and science in Key Sta
In 2006, 46 schools were selected by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) for a small scale survey focusing on pupils who are at risk of not converting a level 4 in English, mathematics or science at Key Stage 2 into a level 5 at the end of Key Stage 3. Each school was visited for one day by a DCSF schools standards adviser. The resulting report outlines ways to identify these pupils and includes practical suggestions on how to improve their performance.
The impact of a thinking skills approach (CAME) on students’ mathematical ability
This is a research digest from the DCSF Research Informed Practice Site (TRIPS). The article is a précis of the paper entitled ‘Fostering cognitive development through the context of mathematics: Results of the CAME project’ published in Educational Studies in Mathematics (2007). It reports the findings of an intervention project, Cognitive Acceleration in Mathematics (CAME), initiated in 1993. The aim of the project was to investigate whether the CAME approach would accelerate the cognitiv
Science and Mathematics Education, 14-19: A ‘state of the nation' report
This is the second ‘state of the nation’ report commissioned by the Royal Society and examines national trends in the participation and attainment of 14 to 19 year olds in science and mathematics in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from 1996 to 2007. The report is not concerned with subject content or pedagogy, but focuses on monitoring and supporting improvements in attainment, participation, progression and inclusion in science and mathematics. The report reveals that in spite
QCA Evaluation of participation in GCE mathematics: Final report
The resource is a comprehensive report and set of accompanying appendices published by QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) which consider the impact of the new mathematics AS and A level specification on students’ participation. It includes an executive summary and discussion of findings together with four main recommendations for the future.
Hard to Teach – Secondary Maths Using ICT
The resource is a Teachers TV video highlighting a Mathematical Association project developed to support mathematics teachers tackling hard to teach subjects through the use of ICT. The programme features three different teachers working in their classrooms looking at different KS3 topics of mathematics, supported by two project leaders from the Mathematical Association.
Independent Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools
On the 17th June 2008, Sir Peter Williams launched his final report on the Independent Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools. He produced a number of recommendations of ways to address the future needs of all young learners of mathematics.
An examination of beginning teacher learning during the induction year
This paper describes a study carried out to examine the developing thinking and practice of a group of secondary Newly Qualified Teachers of mathematics and science during their first year in school, and the influence of their mentors upon them.
Improving primary teachers' subject knowledge across the curriculum
This report summarises the evidence from inspectors of Ofsted’s subject survey programme during 2007/8 on the quality of teaching across the primary curriculum in all subjects. It excludes English and mathematics, but includes religious education, PSHE and citizenship. It focuses on aspects of good practice in teaching these non-core subjects and identifies good subject knowledge as a key factor in securing effective teaching and learning.
Equally prepared for life? How 15-year old boys and girls perform in school
This report uses data from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) to explore gender differences in educational experiences. Student background, attitudes and characteristics are all seen to influence performance. Despite the fact that girls tend to outperform boys in school, boys are more likely to go on to earn more and hold positions of political and economic power. The authors argue that, if government policies are to aim for parity, education could be key. The rep
2.8 Relationship symbols
Communication is as vital in mathematics as in any language. This unit will help you to express yourself clearly when writing and speaking about mathematics. You will also learn how to answer questions in the manner that is expected by the examiner.
4.1 Conic sections
Attempts to answer problems in areas as diverse as science, technology and economics involve solving simultaneous linear equations. In this unit we look at some of the equations that represent points, lines and planes in mathematics. We explore concepts such as Euclidean space, vectors, dot products and conics.
Peer- and Parent-Assisted Learning: in Reading, Writing, Spelling and Thinking Skills & in Maths, Sc
These articles were originally published as part of the Spotlights series of publications for practitioners by the Scottish Council for Research in Education (SCRE). They are provided as free downloads, by Practical Research for Education (PRE), the practitioner journal of the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). The articles offer an overview of evidence on the effectiveness of parent- or peer-assisted learning (PAL), focusing on the areas of literacy and related thinking skills
Enhanced secondary mathematics teaching: gesture and the interactive whiteboard
This is a paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Warwick, 6-9 September 2006. The paper is a report on ‘work in progress’ which explores the use of gesture by teachers using the interactive whiteboard in secondary mathematics lessons. This research forms part of a body of work being carried out by the Interactive Whiteboard (IAW) research group within the School of Criminology, Education, Sociology and Social Work at Keele University.
Teachers' and students' roles in formative assessment
The resource is a digest of two papers which report on the Kings Medway and Oxfordshire Formative Assessment Project (KMOFAP), a year long project that started in 1999 between researchers from King’s College London and two local authorities (LAs), Medway and Oxfordshire. The LA assessment advisers and the researchers supported twenty-four teachers, one from the science and one from the mathematics department in each secondary school taking part. Two of the researchers were the writers of Insid