Collaborative Group for Research in Mathematics Education


Curriculum Continuity in Mathematics between Primary and Secondary School

Project team included: Keith Jones, Justin Coad

The aim of this project was to analyse, in both guidance and practice, the curriculum continuity in the teaching and learning of selected aspects of mathematics across the transfer of pupils from feeder primary schools to a secondary schools.

Within this aim, there were the goals to:

The project was part-supported by a DfES research scholarship.

The project had to be terminated before full completion. Reports were submitted to the DfES covering the parts of the project supported by the DfES research scholarship. One element of the project, a case study designed to compare the approaches used in the teaching and learning of mathematics in a secondary school and its feeder primaries indicated that similarities and differences in approaches may be driven by different external influences (see working paper below).


Coad, J. and Jones, K. (1999), Curriculum continuity in mathematics: a case study of the transition from primary to secondary school [University of Southampton Centre for Research in Mathematics Education Working Paper]. Southampton, UK: University of Southampton Centre for Research in Mathematics Education. 7pp.
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Department of Education and Science (1989), Curriculum Continuity at 11 Plus: Continuity of learning in a sample of primary and secondary schools in England. London: DES.

Department of Education and Skills (2001), Framework for Teaching Mathematics: Year 7. London: DfEE.

Galton, M., Gray J. and Rudduck, J. (1999), The Impact of School Transitions and Transfers on Pupil Progress and Attainment. London: DfEE.

Galton, M. and Hargreaves, L. (1999), Inside the Primary Classroom: 20 years on. London: Routledge.

Grugeon, B.and Artigue, M. (1996), Issues linked to the transition between didactic institutions: the case of algebra in the transition from vocational high schools to general high schools, Proceedings of the 20th PME conference, vol. 1, p176.

Hargreaves, A. (1990, Rights of Passage a review of selected research about schooling in the transition years. MGS Publications.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (1998), Building bridges: guidance and training materials for teachers of year 6 and year 7 pupils. London: QCA.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (no date), The Key Stage 3 "dip". London: QCA.

Schagen, S. and Kerr, D. (1999), Bridging the Gap ? The national curriculum and progression from primary to secondary school. Slough: NFER.

School Curriculum and Assessment Authority (1996), Promoting Continuity between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. London: School Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Walden, R. and Walkerdine, V. (1985), Girls and Mathematics: from primary to secondary schooling. London: Institute of Education, University of London.

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