In my previous blog entry I discussed the changes to the OFSTED subject guidance for English and hinted that I would look at the Maths Guidance too. Well I have finally contrasted the two and apart from the sequence of one sentence the latest guidance appears to be identical to the previous version I had from the beginning of 2013.
It is interesting to note that the Maths guidance still refer to SMSC whereas in the latest English subject survey guidance it is removed. I note also that the Maths guidance has no reference to safeguarding where as the English subject survey guidance does. In the meantime if you are a maths specialist you can be reassured that there are no significant changes to the subject guidance but I would be cautious about taking one’s eye off the ball in relation to SMSC and safeguarding. Whilst it isn’t mentioned explicitly in the Maths Subject guidance the school inspection handbook has clear references to them and teachers from all subject areas should contribute something to them.