If the programme leads to the improvement suggested by first reports, we feel that a similar scheme for numeracy should be available. It may be that the literacy scheme would be better targeted at students entering key stage 2 and those students having problems with numeracy should be offered support before they enter key stage 3.
Perhaps a pilot could be funded during the next summer break. We would welcome action on this by both government and industry and would be delighted to co-operate in such a pilot. We feel that such programmes will lead to improvements in motivation and learning for these students, which will carry over into other subjects. The provision of a safety net for those who for one reason or another have fallen behind can only be beneficial.
ANNIE GAMMON (Secretary) ANN KITCHEN (Chair) Association of Teachers of Mathematics 7 Shaftesbury Street Derby