Maths teaching equals high praise for Swansea schools
TWO Swansea schools have been praised in a national report on the teaching of maths.
An Estyn report that criticises schools across Wales for poor performance when it comes to numeracy highlights the good work done at Bishop Gore Comprehensive School and Cefn Hengoed Community School.
Estyn's report Good Practice in Mathematics at key stage 4 highlights the challenges faced in raising standards.
It says the two Swansea schools are setting an example others should follow to ensure pupils progress in the subject.
At Bishop Gore Comprehensive 20 per cent of pupils gained A* or A grades in GCSE maths in 2012.
Ryan Davies, headteacher at the school, said: "The work that has been undertaken in mathematics has made a real impact but we do recognise there is still a great deal of work for us to do. I am grateful to the incredibly talented pupils and teachers of Bishop Gore who are working so hard to improve in all areas."
At Cefn Hengoed Community School, the report said the school's outcomes in maths have been consistently higher than in similar schools for the last three years.
Sue Hollister, head teacher at Cefn Hengoed, said: "Mathematics has traditionally been a strong subject at Cefn Hengoed and building on that strong tradition, our outstanding team of teachers has worked to reach out to make mathematics accessible to all our pupils.
"Our pupils recognise the value of maths in their everyday lives as well as the value of the qualification which is essential to their prospects for the future."
Estyn's chief inspector Ann Keane said: "Although standards in mathematics are disappointing, it is encouraging to see pockets of good practice in our secondary schools. With good teaching and planning in place, schools can help pupils to achieve their full potential. I encourage all teachers and headteachers to read our report and case studies, as part of their drive to raise standards and improve mathematics teaching."
Swansea Council's cabinet member for learning and skills, Will Evans, said: "I am pleased to see Swansea schools yet again highlighted as best practice by Estyn. The local authority is always looking to work with schools to improve the standards and quality of education delivered to the children and young people of Swansea."