Numeracy at The Academy

As an Academy we aim to achieve the following:


  • secure high standards of numeracy across the Academy.
  • promote a positive attitude to mathematics from staff and students alike
  • raise the profile and develop links between all subjects, promoting numeracy throughout the curriculum and identifying opportunities for numeracy in all lessons
  • ensure consistent approaches to mathematics are used across the curriculum especially with relation to calculations, percentages, the use of calculators and handling data
  • build students’ confidence in transferring skills that they have learnt in mathematics


Numerate Students

The Academy advocates the importance of developing students’ numeracy to a high standard and recognises the role this plays in a students’ future. As an Academy our aim is to develop students to become numerate, which will include the following:

  • a fluent recall of the times tables up to 12 x 12 at least
  • a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system
  • recognise when their answers are sensible and appropriate
  • select the appropriate method to solve a problem and explain their method
  • calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and with a written method
  • the use calculators and other ICT resources appropriately and efficiently to solve mathematical problems and select from the display the number of figures appropriate to the context of calculation
  • measure and estimate measurements, choosing suitable units and reading numbers correctly from a range of meters, dials and scales and to be able to carry out conversions between measurements
  • measure to an appropriate degree of accuracy
  • understand the use of measures of time and have a clear understanding of the 12 and 24 hour clock.
  • convert between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • calculate with fractions, decimals and percentages
  • know when it is appropriate to use a calculator and when they are capable without using one
  • use correct mathematical language
  • use correct mathematical notation
  • clearly set out their working in a methodical layout


In order to achieve these aims teachers are required to:

  • raise the profile of mathematics in their subject by promoting the application of number at every available opportunity
  • be aware of the range of competence with number that students bring to the lesson
  • build students’ confidence when they encounter difficulties
  • encourage the learning of number facts and the importance of these fundamental skills 
  • make students aware of the numeracy content of lessons at every opportunity
  • regularly promote numeracy and attempt to use it frequently in lessons