28 per cent of young children miss maths targets


28 per cent of young children miss maths targets

A new report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for maths and numeracy has found that more than a quarter of five-year-olds don’t reach the required levels for the subject. It recommends that everyone involved in a child’s learning, including teachers and parents, become more focused on this core subject in order to improve results.

Enhancing skills

The results of this report showed that when they finish the early years foundation stage, 28 per cent of children don’t reach the level expected of them. This highlights that there is a need for a higher standard of education within the early learning years. Teachers and parents have to encourage young children to use their mathematical skills. If this advice isn’t followed, children who are lacking at age five will continue to lag behind their peers throughout their education.

Helping your child

Improving your child’s mathematical knowledge doesn’t have to be complicated, but it is important to be more positive about this area of learning. Parents can help their young child learn by dispelling the negative notions that often surround this subject and reinforcing the benefits it can bring.

You can help your children gain confidence through simple educational games and by getting them involved in everyday tasks, such as shopping and tidying up. There are many opportunities throughout the day where you can improve their knowledge.

In order for these figures to change and the next generation to have a positive benefit, teachers and parents need to work together to develop more creative mathematical minds.

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