Maths mission: pilot year evaluation report 2017-18

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Cinnamon, Jed; Latham, Michaela
Date of publication
1 September 2018
Education and Skills, Children and Young People, Social Policy
Social welfare
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This evaluation report covers the impact and reach of the pilot year (2017/18) of the Maths Mission programme, a partnership between Tata and Nesta. The programme aims to improve attitudes and attainment in maths and promote the subject as a problem-solving tool with young people.

Key findings:

  • Competitions that provide opportunities to apply maths in interesting contexts, and combine with other important skills like collaboration and creativity, can support improved attitudes to maths. More exploration of how such programmes can be designed to maximise long-term impact is needed.
  • Text-messages can improve parental engagement in their child’s maths education: but the content used must be carefully tested to ensure it encourages helpful engagement.
  • Well-structured peer mentoring programmes can make a real difference to pupil outcomes. More evidence is needed on the longevity and transferability of improvements in maths attainment, and the impact on wider skills and capabilities.

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