Maths boosts literacy;Update

26th February 1999 at 00:00
Research studies examined by REVA KLEIN

Evaluations of the National Numeracy Project, the pilot for the numeracy strategy, show an improvement in pupils' performance in maths, English and science.

The Office for Standards in Education's research ran from 1996 to 1998 and covered 786 schools. It found the greatest progress was made by eight and nine-year-olds who were, on average, 12 to 16 months ahead of previous scores at the same schools. Attainment gaps between the sexes and between ethnic-minority and white pupils narrowed.

In a separate report from the National Numeracy Project, classes with fewer than 32 pupils did better than larger classes. The participating schools showed better than average improvements in their national test scores, not only in maths, but in English and science as well.

The National Numeracy Project, an HMI Evaluation, from OFSTED, call 0171 510 0180; NNP Progress Report, from DFEE, 0845 6022260. Both documents are free

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