What works in teaching maths

For better outcomes, focus on the classroom, not just the curriculum, writes Robert Slavin

IF PUPILS are to reach their full potential, they must be able to confidently compute and solve complex problems in maths. What tools do we have available to improve students’ numeracy? As the UK moves to a system in which more choices will be made at a local level, educators will have a greater need to know which programmes and practices are effective. Which textbooks, computer programmes and professional development increase maths attainment?

What we know
● No evidence that different curricula give different outcomes.
● Limited evidence that ordinary ICT improves learning.
● Good evidence that using effective teaching strategies can make a difference.

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October 2009