Transforming Scotland into a maths positive nation: final report of the Making Maths Count group

Final report of the Making Maths Count group, which identifies three main areas to be improved.


1 This report uses the term maths as encompassing the study of numbers, shapes and space. Maths as used in this report therefore includes the skills of numeracy and arithmetic.

2 Full details are available in the research and engagement paper available at

3 Scottish Government, Making Maths Count, Interim Report (2016)

4 Further information on maths skills as defined in Curriculum for Excellence and benchmarks for numeracy and maths is available in the following guidance from Education Scotland:

5 The Making Maths Count blogs are available on the following link:

6 Further information about Maths Week Ireland is available on the following link:

7 The term "nurseries" is being used in this report to refer to the range of early years settings.

8 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Improving Schools in Scotland: An OECD Perspective (2015)

9 Scottish Government, National Statistics Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy 2015 results

10 For example, Maths Excellence Group report (2011)

11 Professor Ruth Merttens, What Should Scottish Primary Teachers take from Shanghai and Singapore? in Scottish Mathematic Council Journal 45 (2015)

12 Benchmarks for Numeracy and Mathematics and National Numeracy and Mathematics Progression Framework (2016)

13 National Improvement Hub portal

14 Education Scotland, link to guidance on Interdisciplinary Learning

15 Education Scotland, link to Financial Education resources

16 STEMEC (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Committee), Pillars and Lintels: The What's, Why's and How's of Interdisciplinary Learning in STEM Education (2014)

17 Figures are for all entries and include both secondary schools and colleges. The figures are also pre-appeal/pre-review.

18 SQA, National Course Design and Assessment: SQA Fieldwork Visits (2016)

19 SQA, National Qualifications Mathematics Review Report (2016)

20 SQA, National Qualifications Lifeskills Mathematics Review Report (2016)

21 Scottish Government, Delivering Excellence and Equity in Scottish Education: A Delivery Plan for Scotland (2016)

22 Evaluation of the Impact of the Implementation of Teaching Scotland's Future (2016)

23 Eurydice, Mathematics Education in Europe: Common Challenges and National Policies (2011)

24 Link to Parentzone website

25 Link to "Count" section of Read, Write Count website

26 Eurydice, Mathematics Education in Europe: Common Challenges and National Policies (2011)

27 Pro Bono Economics Report for National Numeracy, Cost of Outcomes associated with low levels of adult numeracy in the UK (2014)

28 National Numeracy - Numeracy Review

29 A.T. Kearney in association with the Your Life campaign, Tough Choices: The real reasons A-level students are steering clear of science and maths (2016)

30 Scottish Government, Commission for Developing the Young Workforce report (2014)

31 Scottish Government, Developing the Young Workforce - Scotland's Youth Employment Strategy (2014)

32 Scottish Government, Guidance for School/Employer Partnerships, Guidance for DYW Regional Groups and Local Authorities


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