Welsh maths results are improving

Education watchdog Estyn has reported that maths results in Welsh schools are improving…

Mathematics results for pupils between the ages of 11-14 are on the rise. Education watchdog Estyn said teaching assessments for Key Stage 3 students are better now than they were in 2010.

However, results showed that pupils who receive free school meals are not performing as well, and the gap between girls and boys performance has widened.

Chief inspector Ann Keane said: “Mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills are increasingly important for everyday life.”

She added: “It is crucial that pupils develop a secure grasp of mathematics during their school years.”

Inspectors found that teaching in the majority of schools they visited was good or better. Furthermore many pupils had a positive attitude towards learning mathematics.

Among the schools highlighted for best practice was Cardiff High School, Cwmtawe Community School, Neath Port Talbot, Caerleon Comprehensive School in Newport, and Cardinal Newman RC Comprehensive School in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

However, the report also noted that some schools were still experiencing a shortage of qualified and experienced teachers.

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