Date lodged: 26 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that more than half of school leavers did not have a key maths qualification in 2015-16.
Answered by: John Swinney 21 July 2017
The Scottish Government is determined to deliver excellence and equity in education and driving improvements in numeracy is a priority.
We are investing £1.3 million over the period 2014 to 2018 in professional learning opportunities for both primary and secondary teachers through the Numeracy and Mathematics Hub which provides free learning resources and support to teachers. In addition, we have published new curriculum benchmarks for mathematics and numeracy in order to clarify the standards expected.
Numeracy is a priority in our Attainment Challenge programme and in the National Improvement Framework and the Scottish Attainment Challenge is providing £750 million during the course of this Parliament to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap.
Our Making Maths Count initiative seeks to boost the mathematics achievement of our young people. We are working closely with a range of partners to take forward the recommendations from the Making Maths Count report on raising levels of mathematics confidence and skills.