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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14180: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the recommendation by the Making Maths Count review, whether it will conduct a comprehensive assessment for Education Scotland to share examples of what works well in terms of teaching practice in the subject.

Answered by: John Swinney 14 February 2018

The Scottish Government is committed to progressing all of the ten recommendations contained in the Making Maths Count report.

Education Scotland's National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub provides a platform to share effective practice of learning and teaching in the subject. The Hub is an interactive, virtual learning environment which offers practitioners:

  • professional learning in different aspects of numeracy with a focus on progression, numeracy and mathematics skills, numeracy across learning, assessment and moderation, and teaching;

  • career-long professional learning opportunities in various forms including broadcasts, professional reading and action research; and

  • an easy-to-use environment where they can share and work with colleagues from across Scotland.

Hub 'Champions' representing each local authority meet together and share practice 3 times a year.

The Hub has been supported by Scottish Government investment of £1.3million since 2014.