Ofsted’s expectations of numeracy:

‘When reporting on standards in Mathematics, check attention to numeracy and students’ competence in using their knowledge, skills and understanding of number not only in mathematics but also in other subjects’.

A definition of numeracy:

Numeracy is confidence and competence with numbers and measures.

National Numeracy Strategy

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 
  • the use formulae and substitute numbers for them 
  • 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 
  • 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 

Methods for Raising Numeracy Standards across the Academy


Intervention Strategy

Year 7 and 8 Step up and Step on 

For those who are in Nurture classes they follow a similar programme to the SoW, however the focus is on ensuring they can calculate with numbers and decimals as a priority. 

Numeracy Focused SoW for Year 9

The Year 9 SoW is designed and primarily focuses on Numeracy throughout term 1 and term 2. 

Numeracy Focused SOW for y7 and y8 embedded into Maths Mastery

The Year 7 and Year 8 SOW is designed by the Maths Mastery Program which primarily focuses on conceptual  understanding  of key mathematical skills enhancing the students’ numeracy understanding

Numeracy and Times Table Challenge in Form Time 

Each week all students in years 9 to 10 are given a Numeracy focused task. 

Students in year 7 and 8 are tasked to learn their times tables weekly in form time and are assessed weekly on their progress. This progress is recorded and monitored by KS Leaders. 

Once students become fluent in recalling these they will move onto more complex calculations which involve multiplication and division 

Numeracy Mentoring in Form Time 

A Numeracy Mentoring programme for students whoa re outside of the nurture classes but need further support to develop their Numeracy support is provided by 6th Formers once per week. This is monitored by one member of the Maths department.

Other Numerate Focuses 

  • Explain methods and justify reasoning and conclusions using correct mathematical terms
  • Give results to a degree of accuracy appropriate to the context 
  • Interpret, describe and discuss their work and use this to support their conclusions and make appropriate predictions.
  • Calculate simple perimeters, areas and volumes, recognising the degree of accuracy that can be achieved 
  • Draw plan figures to given specifications and appreciate the concept of scale in geometric drawings and maps 
  • Understand the difference between mean, median and mode and the purpose for which each is used 
  • Collect data, discrete and continuous and draw, interpret and predict from graphs, diagrams, charts and tables 
  • Have some understanding of the measures of probability and risk