National Network For Excellence in Mathematics

Key documents

The National Network for Excellence in Mathematics (NNEM) will provide advice to Welsh Government as required, to enable development of informed policies, programmes and guidance. In addition, NNEM will ensure that their activity will align with key documents such as the ones referred to on this page.

NNEM response to PISA 2012 and 2015 results

The report looks at the information from the PISA 2012 and 2015 results and how this could be applied to the work of the NNEM. It also gives advice on furthering mathematics teaching and learning nationally in response to the PISA findings.

To view the report please download the document below.

Successful Futures: Review of Curriculum and Assessment Arrangements in Wales

Professor Graham Donaldson led a comprehensive, independent review of the curriculum and assessment arrangements in Wales. His recommendations mark a radical departure from the curriculum of the last century and provides an opportunity to build a new curriculum for Wales which is fit for the twenty-first century and beyond.

To view the full report please download the document below.

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National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF)

The National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) is designed to help teachers embed literacy and numeracy into all subjects for learners aged 5 to 14. It sets out the skills we expect learners to develop.

To find out more please visit: National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF)

Digital Competence Framework

The Framework encapsulates the skills that will help learners thrive in an increasingly digital world.Digital competence is one of three cross-curricular responsibilities, alongside literacy and numeracy. It focuses on developing digital skills which can be applied to a wide range of subjects and scenarios.

Ten questions for mathematics teachers and how PISA can help answer them

Every three years, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), evaluates 15 year-old students around the world to determine how well their education system has prepared them for life after compulsory schooling. Sometimes the key messages don’t make it back to the teachers who are preparing their country’s students every day.

This report aims to change that and delves into topics such as, “How much should I encourage my students to be responsible for their own learning in mathematics?” or “As a mathematics teacher, how important is the relationship I have with my students?” It gives teachers timely and relevant data and analyses that can help them reflect on their teaching strategies and how students learn. Ten questions for mathematics teachers and how PISA can help answer them.

Ten questions for mathematics teachers and how PISA can help answer them

Achievement of 15-Year-Olds in Wales: PISA 2012 National Report

The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a survey of mathematics, science and reading skills. Mathematics was the main subject in PISA 2012 and so was assessed in greater depth compared with the other two areas. In addition pupils and schools complete questionnaires to provide information about pupil background and attitudes, and aspects of school management and school climate respectively. Findings from the survey provide Government with detailed comparative evidence on which to base educational policy and provide researchers with a rich data set to explore with secondary analysis.

National Literacy and Numeracy programme – a strategic action plan

The National Literacy and Numeracy Programmes were published in 2012. This update reaffirms the Welsh Government’s commitment to literacy and numeracy. It also looks forward to the next phase of development for literacy and numeracy and sets a clear direction of travel.

Programme of Study for Mathematics – Key Stages 2-4

This document sets out the Welsh Government’s requirements for mathematics in the national curriculum for Wales. The national curriculum applies to learners of compulsory school age in maintained schools.

At the end of Key Stages 2 and 3, standards of learners’ performance are set out in eight level descriptions of increasing difficulty, with an additional description above Level 8 to help teachers in differentiating Exceptional Performance.