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Numbers Count

An intensive intervention for children who really struggle

Numbers CountTM is a highly effective intervention.  It is delivered by a specially trained teacher to children who find mathematics extremely difficult and may not reach Level 3 at the end of Key Stage 2.  It helps them to get back on track and catch up with their peers.  Over 50,000 children have taken part in Numbers Count since 2008, making average Number Age gains of 16 months after 4 months.

There are two versions:

  • Numbers Count for children in Years 1 to 3
  • Numbers Count 2 for children in Years 4 to 6 and beyond

Every child has a programme of at least 40 half hour Numbers Count lessons over 3 or 4 months, while continuing to take part in their normal class mathematics lessons.  Teachers decide whether to teach each lesson individually or to 2 or 3 children together.

Lessons take place in a dedicated teaching area where children can use a wide variety of resources. The teacher begins by making a detailed diagnostic assessment of what each child knows and then plans an individualised programme to help each one to move forward. Lessons focus on number and calculation, follow a set routine and are rigorous and active. The teacher aims to help each child to become numerate and confident, to enjoy actively learning mathematics and to develop the skills and positive attitudes needed to continue to make good progress in normal class mathematics lessons after completing Numbers Count.

A Numbers Count teacher receives intensive training and support for 2 terms from a local ECC Teacher Leader, and ongoing support thereafter. While being trained, s/he normally teaches 4 children individually per term, every morning or afternoon.  S/he liaises closely with the child’s class teacher to share information about and plan together for the child’s progress, and s/he sets regular homework and meets parents to discuss how they can support their childrens learning at home.

“Numbers Count Professional Development has been excellent value for money and has had a high impact on the quality of mathematics across the school Sheila Bean, Head Teacher, Tranmoor Primary School, Doncaster.

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