You'll probably have noticed that I haven't mentioned how to make maths fun!
Maths is fun! Every teacher I meet knows how to deliver fun maths lessons.
Unfortunately teaching in England is driven by passing tests rather than educating children.
English schoolchildren undergo a range of tests from the age of five to 18:
* Age five: Teachers assess children's all-round development against Early Years Foundation Stage profile
* Age seven: Key Stage One standard assessment tests assess pupils in the "Three Rs"
* Age nine: Key Stage One standard assessment tests assess pupils in the "Three Rs"
* Age 11: Key Stage Two sats tests pupils in English & Maths
* Age 16: GCSEs test pupils, typically in eight to 12 subjects.
* Age 17/18: AS and A Levels test pupils in three to six subjects.
If a school fails to attain aggressive targets the school will be shamed and loose all its funding.
This maybe wouldn't be all bad if the maths curriculum wasn't completely focused on the skill sets needed for success in the late 19th Century.
Teachers do have the flexibility to teach great maths lessons once they have ticked these boxes.