David Burghes on Maths

Professor Burghes gives advice to improve maths teaching Professor David Burghes, former Head of The National Centre for Excellence in Maths, makes an impassioned plea to improve mathematics teaching in this country.

He believes countless government initiatives have failed to deliver, and that there remains a crisis facing the teaching of this crucial subject.

The key solution, according to Professor Burghes, is to go back to basics, encouraging children to understand the conceptual building blocks of mathematics so they become mathematical thinkers.

He finds inspiration in Hungary where mathematics is highly valued and where teachers operate in a lively interactive fashion working with the whole class – encouraging the use of correct mathematical terms.

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