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From September this year, there will be a new curriculum
in our schools.

Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, warned there
could be some difficulties with maths, where more advanced topics are to be
taught at a younger age.
“In maths
you need to learn the early concepts before you learn the later concepts, so
there is a problem that there will be children who have not learned the earlier
concepts before being expected to learn the more demanding ones.”
Mr Hobby said
that there would have to be “a lot of cramming in maths this year” as
whole classes are made to catch up with the new demands. “The worst thing
you can do with maths is rush ahead.”
On 1st
September, he spoke on Radio 4’s Today programme and said that children could develop
gaps in their understanding, particularly in maths due to this need to rush ahead
with new learning without being assimilated.
 At Tutor My Kids, we agree. Maths is very
sequential; children need to understand one concept before they can move onto
another.  Unless this is done, children
develop gaps in their knowledge which make it really hard, if not impossible to
move on and learn new topics. E.g. If your child doesn’t understand that the 1
in 14 is really a 10, they’re going to find it impossible to grasp
hundreds.  The good news is that maths
tuition to fill gaps is very effective 
filling these gaps and enabling your child to move on.

 If you would like to discuss any of these issues, please
contact Rachel Law through the Tutor My Kids website. w