What is Numeracy?

Numeracy is...

“…an ‘at-homeness’ with numbers and an ability to cope with the mathematical demands of everyday life… An ability to have some appreciation and understanding of information which is presented in mathematical terms, for instance, graphs, charts or tables or by reference to percentage increase or decrease.”

 (Cockcroft Report, 1982)


Numeracy at St. Anne’s

Numeracy at St. Anne’s starts from their maths lessons, and is developed depending on need. Pupils are placed into sets by the second term of year 7 (dependent on maths), in order to best move them on and to enable all pupils to reach their full potential.

Basic numeracy skills are developed through regular starters to lessons, with foundation groups spending more time ensuring their numeracy skills are up to expectations. Functional skills and real-life maths are becoming more of a focus nationally and within St. Anne’s.

Numeracy is relevant across the curriculum and is being taught implicitly in many subject areas, such as geography and science, even English and MFL.

We have compiled a numeracy hint booklet which is being used by staff of how numeracy skills are delivered in mathematics.

We have subscriptions to websites to help pupils to develop their numeracy skills outside of the classroom. These are:

However there are other useful free websites to use.


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