- exploit opportunities for pupils to apply their numeracy skills across the curriculum;
- plan carefully to make sure that pupils have learned the necessary skills in mathematics before they need them elsewhere;
- support pupils who make the least progress; and
- make better use of information about pupils’ achievements in numeracy when they transfer to the secondary phase.
Local authorities should:
- monitor numeracy intervention programmes in schools more thoroughly to know whether they offer value for money; and
- make sure that schools track pupils’ progress more rigorously.
The Welsh Assembly Government should:
- continue to make funding available local authorities and schools to improve numeracy skills; and
- impress on local authorities and schools the need to develop a strategic approach to planning, monitoring and evaluating targeted numeracy intervention programmes.
For a full list of recommendations, please download the report.