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Numbers Count at Heronswood Primary School

What is Numbers Count?

Numbers Count is a programme that has been developed to improve children’s mathematical skills. It is part of the national Every Child Counts programme. If a child is working at a level below their peers, they may be selected for a place on the Numbers Count programme. This means that they will receive intensive 1- to-1 or very small group support, from a specially trained Numbers Count teacher. The teacher will aim to accelerate a child’s learning so that they can work much closer to the level of their peers. Numbers Count will focus on improving a child’s mathematical skills but will also help them to develop ways of learning that will help in all subjects. 


What is it like?

The programme is different for every child. The teaching is specially designed and delivered by a Numbers Count teacher to meet each child’s individual needs. A Numbers Count programme usually lasts for about one term. Each child receives a 30-minute lesson 3, 4 or 5 days a week. The time slot of each lesson is varied throughout the week to ensure the least disruption to the child’s class work. The lesson takes place in a special Numbers Count area. It is highly interactive and practical. The Numbers Count teacher helps the children to develop mathematical vocabulary and to talk about how they do mathematics. Every child will still have a daily mathematics lesson with their class teacher, who will work together with the Numbers Count teacher to plan work for Numbers Count and for class-based lessons.  Each child will take a short test with their Numbers Count teacher at the start and end of the programme, to measure their progress. The Numbers Count teacher will also observe each child during their class-based lessons to find out about how they learn mathematics.


The role of parents and carers

Before each child starts Numbers Count, parents will be invited to meet the Numbers Count teacher. This is to explain the programme and to find out more about each child. There will also be a discussion of the parent’s role in supporting their child at home through completing homework activities. Parents will be asked to help them to do the activity and to talk about it. Later on in the programme parents will be invited to watch their child having a Numbers Count lesson. This will give parents a chance to see how much they have learned and how their child is being taught.


Leaving Numbers Count

After one term in Numbers Count, most children return to their class as more confident and independent learners. They go on to make good progress in their class lessons. All children’s progress is carefully monitored. If there is a dip in progress, the Numbers Count teacher and the class teacher will work together to plan the best support for each child. If the dip carries on, the school may be able to give individual children more time on Numbers Count or may make other arrangements to support them.


Numbers Count Video

If you would like to watch a video about Numbers Count, go to

Click on ‘ECC for Parents’ and then ‘Numbers Count 






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