Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Maths Teaching Boost For Primary Schools


The Government today announced another key component of its drive to give every New Zealand child a flying start in learning maths.

Education Minister Trevor Mallard said arrangements were being made for a further 17,000 primary school teachers to participate in the Government’s numeracy development project.

Almost 3,400 teachers have already been through the professional development programme, and the Government is so pleased with its success that it has committed up to $9 million a year to it for the next four years.

"The project involves teachers taking part in intensive workshops over a school term, interspersed with one on one work with each child in their class. During this period they plan a new mathematics programme based on the identified needs of each child," Trevor Mallard said.

“Each year, between 4,000 and 5,000 primary teachers will be given the opportunity to participate in this initiative. By 2005, almost every teacher of Year One to Year Six children and most teachers of Year 7 and 8 children will have had the advantage of taking part.

“This will go a long way towards enhancing teacher capability and improving student achievement. It also complements the support for professional development in literacy that builds on the very successful literacy leaders' programme. ”

Trevor Mallard said one of the most crucial aspects of the project are the follow-up visits made by the numeracy facilitators to help the teachers put into practice what they have learnt. About 50 facilitators are employed around the country.

Schools help by purchasing the classroom materials and equipment that is necessary in the effective teaching of mathematics.

Trevor Mallard described the results to date among the 3,400 primary teachers who had participated in the Numeracy Development Project in 2000 and 2001 as impressive.

“Teacher confidence has improved markedly, while student achievement in mathematics is getting better and better. Today’s announcement will, I am sure, build on these very positive trends.”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news