Maths Action for Head Teachers
If you are a Head Teacher, here are some resources that will help you make positive changes in your school.
What has Maths Action Achieved?
There is a British Culture of “I am no good at maths” being seen as a badge of honour. This seriously hampers educational achievement and consequently has a detrimental, knock-on effect for British industry.
Find out more about what Maths Action has achieved.
Watch Maths Action in action at Langley Park (an eight-minute film), Ambition (a three-minute film aimed at Year 9 girls), and Question Time at Langley Park (a 57-minute film), part of the Langley Park: Maths Career Advice Programme.
Understand why many girls have a fear of maths
Hear a discussion among girls who will NOT continue to study maths after GCSE:
Hear a discussion among girls who WILL continue to study maths after GCSE:
Read the report: The Fear Factor
“FEAR: A feeling of apprehension, concern, alarm, distress, anxiety, to be afraid, dread.” Collins Dictionary
Read this insightful report: The Fear Factor, which attempts to understand why girls do not continue to study maths after GCSE level, and consequently fail to pursue careers in maths related areas. The Fear Factor is written by Dr Samantha Callan, MA (Cantab) Social Anthropology, MTh.
Read the report: What’s It Got To Do With Me?
This paper, written by Diane Carrington, M.Sc. Psych. PGCE, explores why British girls don’t continue to study Mathematics in the 6th Form after the compulsory GCSE exam, and their often negative attitude towards maths; thus instigating the title,‘What’s it go to do with me?’
Find out what the government is doing about school maths
The present government has an antipathy to overall targets.
It’s difficult to test-compare internationally, because most countries don’t test until a student is 18; however there is a wealth of research comparing maths performance and practice internationally. This was used to develop British government policy and new curriculum and qualifications…
Run your own Maths Action Programme
Head Teachers can use the Langley Park: Maths Career Advice Programme, devised with Langley Park School for Girls, for giving career advice to girls who DONT INTEND to focus on maths as a career.