The Evening Standard is reporting that tuition expert William Petty said maths teaching was often “stuck in the dark ages” and the curriculum needed to catch up.
Ahead of tomorrow’s GCSE results, he said the subject had to become more conceptually based so pupils could relate it to the real world.
Despite recent changes in the maths GCSE curriculum, Mr Petty said: “Mathematical teaching is stuck in the dark ages and is not conceptually based. It is still based on learning by rote despite endless studies proving it doesn’t work.”
“The issue is what is happening in the classroom. It’s very difficult to get teachers to do things in a certain way by doctoring the curriculum.”
Mr Petty suggested it was possible the brightest pupils were “not pushed enough” as schools only had to demonstrate a rise in overall A*-C pass rates to keep parents happy.
He said it was “embarrassing” for Britain that there was still such a gender gap between the numbers of girls and boys taking maths and science subjects after GCSE.
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