Maths is one of the subjects reported on in Ofsted’s series of research reviews. Suzanne O’Connell looks at the main themes and messages in the report and the implications for practice in our primary schools

Since Ofsted announced its renewed interest in the curriculum, it has begun publishing a series of research reviews and subject reports.

The reviews are designed to collate the research evidence that is available for a particular subject. Following the research review, subject reports are published. These are based more upon what inspectors find in schools when they visit. Both types of report are designed to help schools improve and develop their curriculum.

So far, there have been research reviews into history, music, geography, languages, science and RE. The maths review was published at the end of May (Ofsted, 2021) and explores the literature available as a preface to the publication of a subject report later this academic year.

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