Secondary maths

Educator's summary

As a PDF document

As web pages:

- Key findings
Top-rated programmes
Programmes with limited evidence
Other programmes
Review methods

Full report

As a PDF document (113 pages)

What works in teaching maths?

Report summary as a PDF document

Mathematics is a key subject, and it is vital to ensure that all students are able to fulfil their potential. What tools do we have available to intervene in secondary schools to significantly improve mathematics outcomes? Which textbooks, technology applications, and professional development approaches are known to be effective?

This review summarises research on secondary mathematics programmes.

  • We looked at all available evidence on programmes designed to improve secondary maths achievement, in order to establish what we know works for pupils aged 11-18.
  • We examined all studies of relevant mathematics programmes from all countries, as long as a report was available in English. (NB Most studies took place in the US).
  • We were then able to assess and compare the effectiveness of these programmes.

Descriptions and ratings for all the programmes are included in this summary.

The results of the review show that:

  • the most successful programmes focus on changing daily teaching practices, particularly the use of co-operative learning methods
  • the most successful programmes encourage student interaction

The full report (which this review summarises) is also available.