Maths Matters is all about supporting the teaching and learning of mathematics in the UK. I used to be a maths teacher and still tutor maths to this day. Our back up team includes secondary school maths teachers, and tutors to primary and secondary school aged children. We want to use the challenge to raise awareness of the issue facing the teaching of mathematics, particularly funding and resources, and you’d be taken aback by the statistics involved. We have a passion for mathematics and feel strongly about supporting young people enjoy and succeed in the subject.
Back in 2014, School Reform Minister Nick Gibb outlined (article) how high-quality textbooks can benefit teachers, students and parents. In Finland, 95% of maths teachers use a textbook as a basis for instruction, and in Singapore it’s 70%. Compare that to England, where only 10% of maths teachers use a textbook (2014) for their core teaching.
There are various reasons, and schools of thought, as to why the figure is only 10%, whether this is funding or pedagogy and an anti-textbook ethos, but research shows that excellent textbooks are key to high attainment.
The Textbook Challenge (website) is a fantastic initiative that draws on research and helps campaign for all children to have access to a textbook in the main subject areas.
Why are we raising money for maths textbooks in the UK? Simply, 98% of secondary school teachers say textbooks improve pupil attainment, but over half of secondary school teachers say that funding has an extensive impact on their ability to purchase textbooks.
We know that quality textbooks support pupils to learn independently, at school and at home. Furthermore, 59% of teachers say using textbooks would definitely help reduce time spent planning lessons. Reducing teacher workload, creating quality time for the preparation of their outstanding lessons, and providing support for parents.
We want to start to make a difference.
Our challenge is to help raise £3,250 to help provide, if match-funded, up to 1,000 state school pupils with quality text books. We also want to begin to develop an online platform for shared resources and support material for teachers, pupils and parents.
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Website: www.mathsmatters.org.uk coming soon.