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How to improve children’s problem solving in maths

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How to improve children’s problem solving in mathsEducation Endowment Foundation

Let’s be honest: we all know that maths is different this year.

Research conducted by the Education Policy Institute for the Department for Education, reported that average learning loss stood at 3.5 months in maths for primary school pupils by Spring 2021. It’s also likely that disadvantaged pupils have been impacted even worse than their classmates.

Some elements of the curriculum are likely to have been more severely affected than others. Perhaps remote teaching contexts have meant that mathematical talk has been limited, or opportunities for meaningful feedback have been truncated? We may find that some children are less independent and resilient as a result, which presents challenges around applying their learning to problem-solving contexts.

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