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OECD Study puts England at bottom for Maths and Literacy

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missinglalaland Tue 08-Oct-13 13:19:51

A major study by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development puts England's 16 to 24 year olds at 22nd for Literacy and 21st for Numeracy out of 24 developed countries. Ouch!

What can we do to fix this? More money? Less permissiveness? Sorting by ability? Different teacher training? Longer school years? Different methods?

Summerworld Thu 05-Dec-13 16:44:49

CliffTopCafe: Everything is child led and they want the children to be enthusiastic about learning so teachers read books like Captain Underpants to make them laugh etc. Personally I'd prefer a more academic focus at school. Why not Schofield and Sims Mental Maths workbooks for all (for example)
or Bond books - an excellent systematic course both for English and Maths. Or is it too high-brow for a state primary?

mathanxiety Thu 05-Dec-13 18:03:41

It goes deeper than being unable to tackle the homework with your children, and it starts going downhill well before school age. Seeking only to get the kids off your back is far closer to a description of the problem.

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