£800,000 for new National Network of Excellence for Mathematics

Welsh Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced plans to set up a new National Network of Excellence for Mathematics to help boost standards in schools across Wales.

The creation of the network will be supported by a futher £800,000 investment and aims to provide extra support to develop leadership in maths and help schools work together in support of higher standards.

The creation of the network will reportedly involve schools, universities and the regional consortia working together and will provide a structured approach for mathematics support for ages three to 18.

School and colleges will receive guidance, access to conferences and events on effective teaching practice, as well as new accredited evidence-based professional development programmes for staff to improve their mathematics knowledge.

Williams said: “High standards in maths in our schools and colleges is fundamental to this and will help us reduce the attainment gap and ensure every child in Wales has the opportunity to reach their full potential. This new National Network of Excellence will help us achieve this.

“Our performance at the top grades in maths show what Wales can achieve. This new network will see schools, education consortia and universities working together for the benefit of all our pupils. It will mean extra support, new development opportunities for teachers and access to the latest research and expert advice.”

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