Mathematics Teaching

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 24th March 2005.

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Photo of Kelvin Hopkins Kelvin Hopkins Labour, Luton North 11:30 am, 24th March 2005

I congratulate the Government on what they are doing in primary education—taking mathematics teaching seriously after decades of neglect—and our children are definitely improving. However, are not different teaching methods still used in primary schools, some of which work better than others? Is it not time to be prescriptive about precisely how maths is taught in primary schools? Indeed, I find myself in agreement with Mr. Gibb on this subject. Is it not time to research precisely what works and to ensure that every school uses the best methods?