Subject: Making Maths Count – One Year Review Report – Draft distribution and covering note
Sent on behalf of Maureen McKenna, Chair of the National Profile-Raising Group for Mathematics
To all Directors of Education
A very Happy New Year to you. As Chair of the National Profile-Raising Group for Mathematics I’m delighted to enclose the One Year Review of the Making Maths Count report for your interest. It sets out actions and progress against the ten recommendations in the report and identifies our priority areas for the coming year.
When I agreed to Chair the Group for Scottish Government Ministers I was clear that the output must not be another report gathering dust on a shelf, rather that it must be visibly supported and implemented by all those involved, and in particular by the Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Local Authorities. I’m pleased to be able to say that the report remains as relevant now as it did when it was published, if not more so, and that through the continued commitment of National Profile-Raising Group for Mathematics members and key partners we have seen progress against the recommendations in the report, most notably demonstrated through the resounding success of Maths Week Scotland.
I met with the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills to discuss the report in December 2017. At the meeting Mr Swinney reaffirmed his commitment to implementing the recommendations in the report and to continuing to promote its aims and vision at every opportunity. We discussed the positive start and the momentum that had been created during the first year following the publication of the report, as well as the barriers to progress and to the priority areas for the coming year which the Group would be focussing on. I was delighted that he too felt that Maths Week Scotland was such a success that we would hold it annually with Maths Week Scotland 2018 taking place on 10-16 September 2018.
Mathematics is vital to the success and the integrity of Scottish education at all levels, and to the wider economic and social development of the country. The continued support of you and your organisation in delivering the recommendations will be critical to achieving our ambition of being a maths-positive nation and to ensuring that we have the mathematical skills, confidence and leadership to thrive in the modern world.
Any comments in relation to the report would be most welcome and will be shared with the wider Group. We’d be happy to hear views on any aspect of mathematics education in Scotland, particularly where it relates to the three themes of the Making Maths Count report: Transforming public attitudes to maths; Improving confidence and fluency in maths for children, young people, parents and all those who deliver maths education to raise attainment and achievement across learning; and Promoting the value of maths as an essential skill for every career.
Executive Director of Education Services
Business Services – Directorate
Glasgow City Council