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MATHS REPORT: RESPONSE OF SCHOOL MINISTER

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Responding to the publication today of Adrian Smith's Inquiry into ...
Responding to the publication today of Adrian Smith's Inquiry into

Post-14 Mathematics Education, school standards minister David

Miliband said:

'Since 1997 the government has put maths at the top of the education

agenda. More children than ever before go to secondary school able to

count well because of the numeracy strategy in primary schools. And

last year's 14 year old maths results were also the best ever because

of the clear focus on maths in the early years of secondary school.

So we have a platform of progress on which to build.

'The next stage is to get it right between 14 and 19. This is why

Professor Smith's report is so important. We will consider our

response carefully and respond in due course.

'As with the wider review of 14-19 education, we will judge the

recommendations in this report against 4 key tests:

Excellence - does it stretch the most able young people?

Vocational - does it address the historic failure to provide a

high-quality vocational offer that stretches young people and

prepares them for work?

Assessment - does it reduce the burden of assessment?

Disaffection - does it stop the scandal of our high drop out rate?'

NOTES

This press notice relates to the UK

1.The UK-wide independent Post-14 Mathematics Inquiry was announced

by Paul Boateng, chief secretary to the Treasury, on 23 July as part

of the government response, Investing in Innovation, to

recommendations in Gareth Roberts' report Set for Success: The

supply of people with science, technology, engineering and

mathematical skills.

2.Adrian Smith was appointed chair of the inquiry on 25

November 2002). He is currently

Principal of Queen Mary College, University of London. The terms of

reference for the Inquiry were announced at the same time. These

were:

To make recommendations on changes to the curriculum, qualifications

and pedagogy for those aged 14 and over in schools, colleges and

higher education institutions to enable those students to acquire the

mathematical knowledge and skills necessary to meet the requirements

of employers and of further and higher education.

3.The devolved administrations will consider the areas of the report

relating to their own interests. The recommendations are for optional

consideration only in Scotland.

4.Making Mathematics Count: the report of Professor Smith's

Inquiry into Post-14 Mathematics Education is available to view here.

Hard copies of the report are available [free of charge] from dfes@prolog.uk.com by

quoting reference MMC.

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