Author Archives: Rebecca Hanson

2014 Primary Mathematics Curriculum is Not Fit for Purpose

31 Dec 13
Rebecca Hanson
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Following the writing of my first report on the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in December I have been corresponding with the key people involved in its development.

As a results of their comments I have written a second report which calls for the immediate suspension of the implementation of the 2014 Primary National Curriculum for Mathematics. This new report dated 6 Jan 2014 can be downloaded here: Fundamental Problems with the 2014 Primary National Curriculum for Mathematics.

The press release which accompanies this report can be downladed here:
Call for Suspension of New Primary Mathematics Curriculum.

6 JAN FAULT: If you experience problems downloading the report an alternative version (without hyperlinks) can be downloaded from the Times Educational Supplement site.

Please use the contact form if you would like a copy of the press release.

A report for primary schools on the new National Curriculum

11 Dec 13
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A free report for primary schools on the new Primary Mathematics National Curriculum is available here:

The Challenges of Implementing the New Primary National Curriculum

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This concise report provides clear information for schools on the content and development of the 2014 Primary National Curriculum.  It focuses in particular on the mathematics curriculum, comparing it with the previous curricula schools have used since 2010 and with respected international curricula.

The report concludes with ten suggestions for schools regarding first steps to take.

Fun for parents in 2014

11 Dec 13
Rebecca Hanson
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I originally thought that Authentic Maths would focus on providing support for primary school.  However the feedback from parents who’ve tried it has been so great that I’ve decided to restructure the business and focus on this service instead.  This is a big change and so explains why the full business launch has been delayed.  Authentic Maths is now scheduled for formal launch in February 2014.

In the meantime please do ‘like’ Authentic Maths on Facebook.

Another benefit of and reason for this change of focus is I feel more comfortable writing honestly about the new primary mathematics curriculum if I am not also marketing Authentic Maths’ services to primary heads.

Pre-launch News

25 Sep 13
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Authentic Maths is due to launch in October 2013

Authentic Maths will offer primary schools in West and North Cumbria the opportunity to participate in professional development which will allow them to take the mathematics component of the new primary curriculum in their stride.

Authentic Maths will also provide support for parents and other adults who work with children on their primary maths.  Support can be offered to teachers and adults in all areas by Skype.

Authentic Maths will provide a free information service through this blog which will provide news on national policy and interesting resources and initiatives as well as free resources with notes for primary level maths.

Authentic Maths will commence operation as the sole trading business of Rebecca Hanson.  Rebecca has taught in four schools and, as a secondary head of maths, led a substantial  positive transformation in results.  Rebecca has lectured in mathematics education at Manchester Metropolitan University and supervises PGCE students for the OU.  She has also completed substantial national level freelance work in mathematics education.

Rebecca has a Masters Degree from Cambridge in Mathematics and Management as well as a PGCE from St. Martins and a Masters in Education from the Open University.  She has completed the training for mathematics advisers supporting primary schools with the development of arithmetic proficiency which has been provided to support the new primary curriculum by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and she is an NCETM Professional Development Accredited Lead.