Warning over early years maths teaching

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AN MP has said too many youngsters struggle with maths and numeracy.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage’s comments come as an all-party parliamentary group on the issue she set up reported back for the first time.

She said: ‘Far too many young children in this country struggle with maths and numeracy.

‘This leaves them playing a game of catch-up for the rest of their lives – a game most of them end up losing.

‘As this report sets out, we need a greater focus on maths and numeracy in the early years.

‘If we can provide children with a good grounding at a young age then we will set them up to succeed in their later studies and their future careers.’

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