The Williams Review of Maths has finally been published, and the Government have adopted its proposals. It has investigated ways to improve primary maths teaching. The review recommends:
- Every primary to have a specialist maths teacher within 10 years, except some small schools, where they may be shared.
- Teachers to be paid £8000 over five years to train through summer schools and part-time study.
- Support for catch-up intervention programmes in Year 2, but schools to decide if this is done individually or in small groups.
- Review of primary teaching frameworks to make them more user-friendly.
- Government to increase numbers of early years teachers who are graduates.
- More emphasis on time and volume in the early years curriculum.
- Primary national curriculum should be broadly unchanged. But the review wants more emphasis on oral and mental mathematics.
- The Government to produce guidance on how early years staff can encourage children to express mathematical ideas on paper.