Anne McTaggart MSP concerned with numeracy results

Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has expressed her concern at the drop in the number of primary school pupils doing well in Maths. She spoke as the Scottish Government released figures from the Scottish Survey of Numeracy 2013.

The figures showed that the percentage of P4 pupils performing well or very well dropped from 76% in 2011 to 69% last year; that the percentage of P7 pupils doing well or very well fell from 72% in 2011 to 66% in 2013; and that there was a significant drop in the number of children from the most deprived background in P4 performing well or very well – down from 70% in 2011 to 61% in 2013.

Ms McTaggart said “I would like to firstly wish all pupils who are sitting exams in the next few weeks all the best. This can be a stressful time of year for young people and it is important they receive the support they need.

I am however very concerned with these figures published by the Scottish Government. Whilst we must show caution as this is only the second comparable National Numeracy Survey, the Government must take these figures seriously. What I find particularly concerning is that again we see that pupils who come from the poorest households are lagging well behind those from wealthier backgrounds.

Whilst my Scottish Labour colleagues and I welcome the announcement of additional funding being made available to fund numeracy hubs, the problems we face run deeper than this and they must be addressed by the Scottish Government.”

The results of the survey can be found at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/stats/bulletins/01095

Information on the new qualifications and exams for parents http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/parentzone/

Childline information on exam stress https://www.childline.org.uk/explore/schoolcollege/pages/exam-stress.aspx

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