Wednesday, 13 March 2013
A new influx of mathematics specialists will aim to raise standards in primary schools ahead of sweeping changes to the National Curriculum, according to a Worcester academic.
It comes as a survey by the National Numeracy charity found that many UK adults feel they were badly prepared at school for the maths they will need in everyday life.
The survey found that 22% of adults questioned felt they were not well prepared at school and 37% said they wanted to improve their skills. In addition, a poll commissioned by BAE Systems, released today, revealed 18% of 2,000 adults admitted they find sums difficult.
The University of Worcester is one of only a handful of universities in the Country to be awarded places to train primary mathematics subject specialists, as part of a new government drive.
Pinky Jain, who is leading the new PGCE Primary Mathematics Subject Specialist course at Worcester, said: “This is the first time that we will have specially trained PGCE Mathematics Subject Specialist qualified teachers in our primary schools and will help to meet the recommendations of the Williams Report [an independent review of mathematics teaching in schools]. There has been a great focus in past few years on literacy, but now we are starting to recognise the importance of good mathematics skills as well.”
The University has been awarded 20 places on the new course, which will also cover general primary school teaching skills as well. Successful graduates will be able to enter schools with the skills needed to lead and develop mathematics.
It comes as primary schools around the Country face changes to meet benchmarks in mathematics against other more successful nations, such as Singapore and South Korea.
“It is really important that we invest in our children’s mathematics abilities from an early age,” said Mrs Jain. “Here at Worcester we are geared up to deliver this new course, drawing on many skills across the institution.”
There are cash incentives for those taking the course. For more information visit the University of Worcester website www.worcester.ac.uk or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org