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Labour 'to boost primary teacher maths skills'

15/02/2010 Joanna
Minister of State for Schools and Learners Vernon Coaker has confirmed that the government is to train a new generation of maths specialists for teaching jobs in England.

The announcement follows a new survey of maths skills among primary teachers which revealed that many were unable to solve basic problems of the standard expected of most 11-year-olds.

Mr Coaker told the Telegraph: "We need a shift in social attitudes towards maths.

"That is why we are training 13,000 maths specialists over the next decade to champion maths in every primary school, with the first teachers beginning the programme in January this year."

Tests set for 155 teachers in 18 schools as part of the Channel 4 documentary series Dispatches revealed that one third could not correctly divide 1.4 by 0.1, while only 40 per cent correctly answered that 2.1 per cent of 400 is 8.4.

The programme was conducting an investigation into maths standards in England for a two-part programme entitled Kids Don't Count.ADNFCR-2164-ID-19616412-ADNFCR
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