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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.

A Complex Picture Around Maths and Numeracy

Recent pass rates for Maths at both National 5 and Advanced Higher increased in 2019, with a slight fall for Highers that was broadly in line with the overall drop in Higher pass rates across all subjects.

Nevertheless, the Transforming Scotland into a Maths Positive Nation report found that there are negative public opinions around maths. It is perceived as difficult and demanding – a subject to be avoided. A further challenge is demonstrated by the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy in 2015 that showed 65% of P4 pupils were performing well or very well in numeracy – compared to 69% in 2013 and 76% in 2011. 

In the face of this complex picture around maths and numeracy, 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

  • Iain Gray MSP, Education Spokesperson, Scottish Labour and former maths teacher
  • Carol Lyon, Chair, Scottish Mathematical Council 
  • 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
  • Dr Lio Moscardini, teacher educator, education consultant, and researcher
  • Katie Oldfield, Maths Week Scotland Co-ordinator, National Museums of Scotland
  • Chair: Professor Alan Alexander OBE, former General Secretary of The Royal Society of Edinburgh

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

Professor Alan Alexander OBE, former General Secretary of The Royal Society of Edinburgh

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 Maths Matters

  •  The opportunities and challenges facing educators as they work together to 'Make Maths Count' 
  • How the Scottish Mathematical Council supports learners and promotes positive attitudes towards mathematics 

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

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 Questions and Discussion

13:00 Lunch and Networking

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 

13:45 Interactive Discussion 

Delegates will be divided into small groups to discuss the challenges and possible solutions for improving numeracy in Scotland. Each table will be set a different challenge and after half an hourwill report back to the room on their discussions. 

14:30 Katie Oldfield, Maths Week Scotland Co-ordinator

15:00 Questions and Discussion 

15:10 Closing remarks from the Chair 

Professor Alan Alexander OBE, former General Secretary of The Royal Society of Edinburgh

15:15 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

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Education & Skills

Date
23 Oct 2019
Venue
COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH
Cost
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

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