Improving pupil achievement in primary school mathematics through the introduction of a national numeracy strategy - can one size fit all?
University of Greenwich, London, UK.
This paper outlines the key recommendations of England and Wales' National Numeracy Strategy, which has been in place as the framework for teaching mathematics in primary schools since September 1999. Reports evaluating the effectiveness of the strategy are summarised, with emphasis on the application of the Strategy in supporting children with special educational needs. This includes a consideration of the ways in which particular areas of learning difficulty impact on how children learn mathematics and the continuing necessity to improve the effectiveness of assessment in this process. It is suggested that initial teacher education has a key role to play in this.
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