Tuesday 26 September 2017

Pilot project to raise maths confidence

Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

CHILDREN who struggle at maths will benefit from a new pilot project in selected schools in September.

'Jump Maths' has been used in schools in the US, Canada and Britain to teach maths in a different way. The core philosophy involves children having every step carefully explained so they gain the confidence to tackle harder problems.

And it is going to be rolled out for third- and fourth-class pupils in 24 primary schools in September – with the State providing €20,000 to train teachers.

This comes after a recent study found that the maths skills of Irish 10-year-olds were behind their counterparts in top-performing countries, including Northern Ireland.

Junior Minister for Education Ciaran Cannon said he was convinced the Jump Maths programme could work.

"It's worked in Canada, the US and in Lambeth – a deprived area in London where children were failing abysmally in maths, and a year later the results were astounding," he said.

Irish Independent

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