Improving Numeracy in Scotland

Three years on from the release of the Transforming Scotland into a Maths Positive Nation report, this event examines what more can be done to equip young people with the numeracy skills they need to reach their full potential, and takes a comprehensive look at the issues, ambitions, and potential for raising numeracy standards in Scotland.

Numeracy as an attainment priority

The Scottish Government scrapped the long-standing Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) in 2018 and replaced it with Scottish National Standardised Assessments. The last SSLN revealed an 11% drop in pupils at P4 performing well or very well in numeracy since 2014. Similarly, at secondary school, maths saw the biggest drop of any subject in pass rates at both National 5 and Advanced Higher, and one of the biggest drops at Higher this year. While this is alarming becaue numeracy is a core life skill, it is all the more concerning given that numeracy is one of the three pillars of Curriculum for Excellence and a key benchmark for the attainment challenge. 

In the face of these statistics, we ask – how can we ensure we are nurturing the skills needed for all of our learners to thrive?

Join us as we examine the priorities for improving numeracy standards, as well as examples of good practice in and beyond the classroom that you can take back to your organisation. 

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • The significance of falling numeracy rates within Scotland
  • Numeracy within Curriculum for Excellence and the changes since the Transforming Scotland into a Maths Positive Nation report
  • Good practice and sharing learning around what works
  • The relationship between numeracy and attainment
  • How to get it right in and beyond the classroom 

Confirmed speakers:

  • Katie Oldfield, Maths Week Scotland Co-ordinator, National Museums of Scotland (Find out more about Maths Week Scotland by clicking here)
  • Dr Andrew Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Glasgow and winner of the Wellcome Trust ISSF Award for Innovation in Public Engagement for #StreetMaths
  • Carol Lyon, Chair, Scottish Mathematical Council 
  • Dr Lio Moscardini, teacher educator, education consultant, and researcher
  • Sarah Leakey, Numeracy Development Officer, The Highland Council
  • Neil Armstrong, DHT, Newington Primary School and founder of a school programme for mental maths called SAMSON (Find out more about SAMSON by clicking here)
  • Iain Gray MSP, Education Spokesperson, Scottish Labour and former maths teacher 

Who should attend?

The event is aimed at everyone who is involved in managing and leading schools, teaching staff, and others who are planning and delivering education for young people in Scotland.

Agenda*

9:30 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

10:00 Session 1: Context and Key Challenges

  • The significance of falling numeracy rates within Scotland
  • The unique challenges faced within primary and secondary levels
  • The relationship between numeracy and attainment
  • An update on the position of numeracy within Curriculum for Excellence and the STEM Strategy for Education and Training

10:00 Opening Address 

Iain Gray MSP, Education Spokesperson, Scottish Labour and former maths teacher 

10:15 Carol Lyon, Chair, Scottish Mathematical Council 

10:45 Sarah Leakey, Numeracy Development Officer, The Highland Council

11:15 Questions and Discussion 

11:25 Refreshment Break

11:45 Session 2: Improving Numeracy In the Classroom

  • Innovative programmes and approaches to boost numeracy standards
  • The role of technology in boosting learning
  • Cognitively Guideded Instruction (CGI): how to base teaching on a knowledge of children's thinking

11:45 Samson Maths

Neil Armstrong, DHT, Newington Primary School and founder of a school programme for mental maths called SAMSON

12:15 Dr Lio Moscardini, teacher educator, education consultant, and researcher

12:45 Interactive Discussion 

Delegates will be divided into small groups to discuss what can be learned from the previous two presentations. The speakers will help facilitate these discussions and will be ready to answer your questions. 

13:15 Lunch and Networking

14:00 Session 3: Getting it Right Beyond the Classroom

  • Projects to inspire interest in numeracy 
  • Engaging parents to improve numeracy and nurture enthusiasm
  • Innovative outreach projects that change perceptions around STEM subjects 
  • Embedding numeracy in everyday life 

14:00 Dr Andrew Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Glasgow and winner of the Wellcome Trust ISSF Award for Innovation in Public Engagement for #StreetMaths

14:30 Katie Oldfield, Maths Week Scotland Co-ordinator, National Museums of Scotland (Find out more about Maths Week Scotland by clicking here)

15:00 Questions and Discussion 

15:10 Closing remarks from the Chair 

15:15 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change



Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.

A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

 

Speaker callout

We are committed to bringing the latest policy information with engaging dialogue and practical case studies to make a real impact in the public sector. If you are a knowledge expert in your field or have an inspiring case study which would make an impact to Public Sector organisations, we would love to hear from you. Please email craig.kelly@holyrood.com with your name and contact details, linkedin profile and a summary of your project or area or expertise and we will be in touch.

Venue

Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.

Costs

Reduced Rate:  
1 place £145 +VAT​
(Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)

Standard Rate: 
1 place £245 | 2+ Places: £195 +VAT per place

(Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m​)

Private Sector Rate: 
1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 +VAT per place

(Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635

Dates
23 October 2019
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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