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Making Maths Count Scotland


Scottish Open 2017

“Making Maths Count” is a Scottish Government initiative that has two broad aims:

  1. to encourage greater enthusiasm for maths amongst children and young people, their parents, carers and the wider public; and

  2. to provide support for teachers and help raise attainment in Mathematics National Qualifications.

Final Report

The Final Report of the Making Maths Count group was published on 12 September 2016 and can be found here

The Report focuses on three key themes:  

- Transforming public attitudes to maths;

- Improving confidence and fluency in maths for children, young people, parents and all those who deliver maths education to raise attainment and achievement across learning;

- Promoting the value of maths as an essential skill for every career. 

Maureen McKenna, Chair of the Making Maths Count Group: 

“We believe that everyone, whatever their circumstances in life, has the ability to become proficient at maths.  Our research and engagement work with teachers, pupils and the general public shows that the way to achieve this is to make maths more relevant to real life and work and more enjoyable.  Our recommendations build upon the best work taking place within Scotland and elsewhere and aim to transform Scotland into a maths-positive nation.”   

The Group's Interim Report of 18 March 2016 may be found here.

Research Report

Read the research report here.

Visit our blog

The Making Maths Count blog features updates on our work and stories about how people across Scotland are putting their maths skills to work. Visit it here.

Making Maths Count

Martin Gilbert, Aberdeen Asset Management

“Improving understanding of maths and numeracy for young people gives them the very best chance of succeeding in life. I was lucky enough to have an inspirational maths teacher at school  and that has certainly been of huge benefit to me throughout my career.  Initiatives of this kind raise awareness of the importance of these essential skills and I’m delighted Aberdeen Asset Management is contributing to the Making Maths Count Working Group.”

Heather Reid, Glasgow Science Centre

'I am pleased to be part of this important initiative and hope we can help raise awareness about the importance, beauty and relevance of mathematics. Our society is becoming increasingly underpinned by science, technology and engineering, and it's mathematics that provides the essential framework for life-changing advances in all of these fields. All of us, should treasure our mathematical literacy and understand the essential role it plays within our lives.'