Commenting on the launch of the National Numeracy Programme for schools in Wales by Education Minister Leighton Andrews, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in Wales, said:
“Numeracy is a key skill and it is right that schools should be supported to ensure that all young people leave school with high standards of numeracy.
“While teachers will be committed to ensuring to securing the implementation of the programme, it is essential that its introduction does not result in additional workload and bureaucratic burdens on teachers.
“The NASUWT will continue to press for the whole programme to be workload impact assessed and for the numeracy test to be administered and marked online, to ensure consistency and minimise bureaucracy and workload.”
Rex Philips, NASUWT Wales Organiser, said:
“Members who have attended the consultation events on the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework and Test that are central to the numeracy and literacy programmes are increasingly reporting concerns to us about the implications for their workload. Of particular concern is the detailed marking and reporting expectations that are being suggested for all teachers, regardless of the subject area.
“If the forensic analysis of pupils’ work that is being suggested in terms of literacy and numeracy is to be delivered, then there will need to be a significant increase in planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time.”
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