Commenting on the publication of Estyn’s report ‘Numeracy in key stages 2 and 3: a baseline study’, which concludes that pupils in nearly half of schools have weak numeracy skills, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:
“This report is further damning evidence of educational decline in key skills during 14 years of successive Welsh Labour governments.
“If a child is leaving school without basic literacy and numeracy skills, their entire career and future life prospects will be held back.
“We are competing in an increasingly global economy and if our young people cannot do simple maths, they will lose out in the jobs market to those from other countries who have the skills employers seek.
“In addition to its main worrying findings, this report also identifies excellence in numeracy teaching in some schools, but unfortunately seem to be isolated examples rather than common practice.
“While the Education Minister is pinning his hopes on the new Literacy and Numeracy Framework to raise standards in key skills in schools, I fear that he has not engaged sufficiently with teachers in implementing his plans, which risks compromising progress.“