The Scottish Government is stepping up its efforts to increase the support for mathematics in Falkirk area secondary schools.
Education secretary Angela Constance has announced maths teachers will be given extra help to drive home the importance of the subject through the new Making Maths Count initiative.
This will include a group with responsibility for raising the profile of maths and numeracy as an essential skill for learning, life and work, being set up.
The education secretary said: “Maths has a vital place at the heart of our curriculum and maths and numeracy are one of the gateways to success in work, learning and life.
“As education secretary, I want to see attainment in both maths and numeracy improve at all ages and stages. It is clear from our national attainment data improving numeracy is an urgent area for action.
“That’s why I am launching Making Maths Count. We have already provided a package of resources to teachers to support delivery of maths teaching within Curriculum for Excellence.
“Now we need to promote enthusiasm for maths.”