There are many opportunities to help young people understand about international development issues through mathematics and statistics. Using global issues can help enliven teaching and learning, and help pupils to make connections to relevant and topical issues.
The new National Curriculum (primary and secondary) published in September 2013 notes that, ‘They [pupils] should… understand the cycle of collecting, presenting and analysing data.’
Making sense of international development has a lot to do with making sense of data. So the topic gives enormous opportunities for pupils to engage their statistical and mathematical skills using real data – and using real data can make mathematics and statistics exciting.
The possibilities for exploration and analysis are enormous: there are datasets on poverty; inequality; mortality; economic growth rates; health; education; water; nutrition and so on – the list is endless and the only limit is your own creativity! Topics can be used to make connections to what is also being discussed in other lessons.
The following documents are available to provide support and ideas in using mathematics and statistics to deliver global learning: