Emma Seith

Many NQTs ‘struggling to teach maths and reading’

Call for initial teacher education to focus more on teaching numeracy and literacy

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A large minority of new primary teachers cannot say they are confident in their ability to teach key areas of the curriculum such as maths, reading and writing, new research suggests.

The Scottish government has found that many primary probationers lack confidence in teaching literacy and numeracy. Secondary probationers generally feel more confident in literacy in their subject, but have a similar lack of confidence in numeracy.

The area that probationer teachers are least confident in is data literacy – using data to improve practice or to track learner progress.

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