Gosport MP in vow to improve pupils’ maths learning

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THE MP for Gosport has unveiled a report as part of a bid to improve early-years maths teaching.

Caroline Dinenage unveiled the parliamentary group for Maths and Numeracy’s report on learning for two to five-year-olds.

In 2013/14, 28 per cent of children in England failed to achieve the expected level in mathematics at the end of the early years foundation stage.

The first report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) calls for a better trained and qualified workforce that inspires a ‘can-do’ attitude in early years maths teaching. At the event, the skills Minister, Nick Boles MP spoke about the hugely significant impact that a child’s early experience with maths can have on their numerical ability as an adult.

Meanwhile, the TV presenter and maths guru, Johnny Ball, highlighted the need to promote maths in play.

Caroline said: ‘Only one in five 16-64 year olds in England have numeracy skills equivalent to GCSE grade C and this situation is estimated to cost the UK economy £20bn per year. It is clear that we need to act fast. I’m pleased that the thought piece launched by the APPG sets out some clear recommendations to the government and am confident that Nick Boles will feed back to the rest of his department positively about the contents of the document.’

Caroline formed the All Party Parliamentary Group a to raise awareness about the importance of basic maths skills.