Local Primary Schools' Maths Results Among Best in the World, says Committee
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Date: 09 December 2020
The Assembly’s Education Committee has welcomed the latest results of the ‘Trends in International Maths and Science Study’ (TIMSS) which shows local primary pupils outperforming most other participating European countries in mathematics.
The Chairperson of the Assembly’s Committee for Education, Chris Lyttle MLA, said:
“Our primary school pupils, teaching staff and school leaders have shown once again that they are among the very best in the world when it comes to mathematics. The recent TIMSS study* indicates that clarity of lessons and pupil confidence is high, while the attainment gap between primary pupils of different genders appears to be narrowing.
“The TIMSS study found that Year 6 pupils’ performance in science was also good and in line with the average for other OECD countries. However, the Committee notes that studies of this kind appear to show that socio-economic differences between pupils can lead to larger than expected gaps in attainment.”
Mr Lyttle concluded:
“While these results are commendable, we do recognise that the link between socio-economic deprivation and under achievement still exists. We are hopeful that the ongoing review into this issue will take account of important studies, such as the TIMSS report and consider the commissioning of a further longitudinal analysis which would track the attainment of children as they progress from primary through to post-primary school.”
Notes to Editor:
- The *TIMMS study is undertaken on a four-yearly cycle. Northern Ireland took part for the third time in 2019, with previous assessments being administered in 2015 and 2011. The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) carried out the research for the Department of Education.
- Northern Ireland pupils take part in the Grade 4/Year 6 assessments.
- Read the full TIMMS report
- Further information on the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)
Chris Lyttle MLA (Chairperson)
Karen Mullan MLA (Deputy Chairperson)
Maurice Bradley MLA
Nicola Brogan MLA
Robbie Butler MLA
William Humphrey MLA
Daniel McCrossan MLA
Justin McNulty MLA
Robin Newton MBE MLA
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