The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Holyrood Events: Improving Numeracy in Scotland

Three years on from the release of the Transforming Scotland into a Maths Positive Nation report, this event examines what more can be done to equip young people with the numeracy skills they need to reach their full potential.

The Scottish Government scrapped the long-standing Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN) in 2018 and replaced it with Scottish National Standardised Assessments. The last SSLN revealed an 11% drop in pupils at P4 performing well or very well in numeracy since 2014. Similarly, at secondary school, maths saw the biggest drop of any subject in pass rates at both National 5 and Advanced Higher, and one of the biggest drops at Higher this year. While this is alarming becaue numeracy is a core life skill, it is all the more concerning given that numeracy is one of the three pillars of Curriculum for Excellence and a key benchmark for the attainment challenge.

In the face of these statistics, we ask – how can we ensure we are nurturing the skills needed for all of our learners to thrive?

Join Holyrood Events as they examine the priorities for improving numeracy standards, as well as examples of good practice in and beyond the classroom that you can take back to your organisation.

Key issues to be addressed

  • The significance of falling numeracy rates within Scotland
  • Numeracy within Curriculum for Excellence and the changes since the Transforming Scotland into a Maths Positive Nation report
  • Good practice and sharing learning around what works
  • The relationship between numeracy and attainment
  • How to get it right in and beyond the classroom

Confirmed speakers

  • Katie Oldfield, Maths Week Scotland Co-ordinator, National Museums of Scotland (Find out more about Maths Week Scotland by clicking here)
  • Dr Andrew Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Glasgow and winner of the Wellcome Trust ISSF Award for Innovation in Public Engagement for #StreetMaths
  • Carol Lyon, Chair, Scottish Mathematical Council
  • ​Dr Lio Moscardini, teacher educator, education consultant, and researcher
  • Sarah Leakey, Numeracy Development Officer, The Highland Council
  • Neil Armstrong, DHT, Newington Primary School and founder of a school programme for mental maths called SAMSON (Find out more about SAMSON by clicking here)
  • Iain Gray MSP, Education Spokesperson, Scottish Labour and former maths teacher

Event details

Who should attend?: everyone who is involved in managing and leading schools, teaching staff, and others who are planning and delivering education for young people in Scotland.

Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019

Time: 9:30 - 15:15

Location: Central Edinburgh, venue tbc

Costs (excl. VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VATpp (Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

Find out more

Further information about the event, including an agenda, can be found of the Holyrood website.

If you have any queries, please email or phone 0131 285 1635