The mathematics strand of the Key Stage 3 National Strategy builds on the achievements and experience of the National Numeracy Strategy for primary schools as well as improving transition from primary to secondary school. It is also a key part of our strategy to transform standards in the early years of secondary school.
We have already seen from primary colleagues that targets are important to challenge, motivate and raise expectations. It is important that we carry this forward into the early years of secondary education. We recently consulted on targets for 14-year-olds, and we believe that they will help schools in providing a clear focus for the first year of the new strategy.
The Framework for teaching mathematics: Years 7, 8 and 9 is a vital part of a comprehensive support package available to teachers and headteachers. It is based closely on the Programmes of Study for mathematics in the National Curriculum for 2000. The Framework is proving to be a valuable resource in pilot schools and I am encouraged by the positive feedback we have already received from teachers about it and the other material prepared for the strategy by our team of professional advisers.
We recognise this is an ambitious programme of professional development for secondary teachers, but we are confident that by providing the right support, and with teachers' commitment and enthusiasm, we will make a difference to the achievement of pupils.
The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP
Secretary of State for Education and Employment
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