Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin, Camarthen, has embedded numeracy in the curriculum across all subjects. Led by the mathematics department, senior managers followed specific pupils for a day, looking at how well skills learnt in mathematics lessons could be transferred to different situations. The school produced an action plan to develop this concept further.
Ysgyl Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin is an 11-18 Welsh medium school in Carmarthen with 960 learners.
The school planned to ensure coverage of the ‘developing number’ section of the skills framework and then put quality assurance procedures in place to monitor its delivery.
The mathematics department led a school numeracy training day, during which staff audited their departmental provision and made plans to cover missing sections. Members of the senior management team then followed specific pupils for a day to evaluate the provision for and standards in numeracy across the curriculum. They focused on how effectively pupils could transfer the skills learnt in mathematics lessons to different situations and whether the pupils were challenged enough by the learning activities. This gave the school a clear picture of how well numeracy was embedded in different subjects. A report of the findings from the learner-trail was produced and distributed to various departments, who were required to draw up relevant action plans as a result.
The school’s effective quality assurance procedures mean that numeracy is well embedded in the curriculum across all subject areas. Standards in the numeracy-based sections of mathematics GCSE examinations have shown improvement as a result.