Numeracy At The St Leonards Academy

The Academy is committed to raising the standards of numeracy of all of our students; we want our pupils to be confident and capable in the use of numeracy to support their learning in all areas of the curriculum and to acquire the skills necessary to help achieve success in further education, employment and adult life.

It is the policy of St Leonards Academies that:

  • Students, teachers, parents and other parties are informed of how numeracy will be embedded in the classroom.
  • Success in numeracy is recognised in all subject areas and achievement is celebrated.
  • Suitable subject specific targets are identified, in line with departmental schemes of work, in order to improve performance in numeracy across the Academy.
  • Staff are assisted in the monitoring of student achievement in numeracy.

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.

What is Numeracy?
  • Numeracy is a proficiency, which is developed mainly in mathematics but also in other subjects
  • It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic.
  • It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures.
  • It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts.
  • Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.

Why is Numeracy important?
At HASLA we believe that Numeracy is not the sole responsibility of the mathematics department. Most other subjects can, in fact contribute to the development and enhancement of students numeracy skills including their ability to describe and explain their strategies and reasoning.
  • The importance of whole school numeracy is outlined below:
  • Almost all subjects depend on pupils having competence in basic numeracy skills.
  • Numeracy skills enable students to understand and interpret numerical and analytical information. This facilitates improvement in students' abilities to make their own judgments and to draw sensible conclusions from information.
  • If students' numeracy skills are not developed and used they may well be denied the opportunity to develop the level of understanding of some topics or subjects at the level expected for their age.
  • Industry and commerce continually bemoan the lack of numeracy skills of school leavers and graduates alike.

What does being a “Numerate Student” mean?
  • Have a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system.
  • Be able to use strategies successfully to solve number related problems mentally.
  • Be able to recall number and measurement facts confidently and quickly.
  • Apply an appropriate method to help solve a problem, e.g. mental, oral and written methods.
  • Be able to make sense of number problems and identify and use the required operations to solve them.
  • Be able to apply mathematical skills and knowledge to real-life situations.
  • Restrict their reliance on using a calculator and use them only when it is appropriate to do so.
  • Develop their skills in estimation and approximation and have strategies for checking the reasonableness of their answers.
  • Be able to make and use sensible estimates of a range of measures in everyday situations.
  • Be able to explain their methods and reasoning using consistent language and mathematical terminology.
  • Be able to interpret, explain and make predictions from information given in graphs, charts and tables.
  • Be able to solve number problems involving time.

You can view the entire Numeracy Policy below, which shows several basic calculation methods. They can be found in the "appendices" (page 4 and onwards).

HASLA Numeracy Policy