From flexible to restricted mathematics: 15 years of Ofsted mathematics reports

Compton, A. and Boylan, M. (2023) From flexible to restricted mathematics: 15 years of Ofsted mathematics reports. Mathematics Teaching, 289. pp. 31-36. ISSN 0025-5785

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The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), the school inspectorate service in England, has a great impact on education through their inspections but also through their subject reports. The authors undertook a document analysis of five mathematics subject reports produced by Ofsted from 2008 to 2023, identifying commonalities and convergence, particularly focusing on problem solving, calculation and the role of talk. The older reports were found to take a more flexible approach to mathematics that continues to be supported by several mathematics education subject organisations. The recent reports took a more restricted view of learning mathematics, seeing it as a set of memorisable procedures.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 Association of Teachers of Mathematics. This is an author accepted manuscript of a paper subsequently published in Mathematics Teaching. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Ofsted, mathematics education
Divisions: School of Social Science
Depositing User: Dr Ashley Compton
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2023 14:34
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2023 08:26

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