NI Pupils Rank Top Six In The World In Maths

Pupils aged between nine and 10 have ranked top six in the world in mathematics, according to a major international survey.

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) carried out the research for the Department of Education. Achievement in science was found to be not as high, however it is still above the international average.

Education Minister Peter Weir said: "The report shows that primary schools here have maintained a strong performance in the subject as demonstrated in the previous TIMSS study in 2011.
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"It also highlights that primary schools in Northern Ireland have highly qualified principals and teachers who are committed to continued professional development. The level of participation in professional development activities for mathematics was higher in Northern Ireland than that seen internationally.

"The vast majority of children have parents with a positive attitude towards mathematics and science.

"In addition, our principals and teachers were reported to have some of the highest levels of emphasis on academic success. A positive attitude towards learning is also fostered by our pupils with the majority reporting that they enjoy learning maths and science."


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