Post-14 Mathematics Education, school standards minister David
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?'
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by
quoting reference MMC.