“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.” (Framework for teaching Mathematics – yrs 7-9)

The Sir Herbert Leon Academy is committed to raising the standards of numeracy of all of its pupils; we aim to ensure that all of our pupils are 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. To achieve this all teachers and support assistants are confident in both their role in delivering and supporting numeracy, but also in their understanding of mathematical concepts.


• To establish and implement the Academy’s vision for numeracy.

• For each pupil to further develop mathematical skills through their application in all areas of the curriculum to promote better learning and to raise standards.

• For each member of staff to be aware of and fully utilise opportunities for numeracy within their teaching to enable pupils to build upon and apply the skills they have learned within their mathematics lessons.

• To develop an agreed and common approach to the delivery of numeracy in all lessons.

• To have a clear process for raising awareness of numeracy across the whole school.

• To use numeracy to make an effective contribution to the school’s transition process.

If there are any questions about numeracy at The Sir Herbert Leon Academy, please contact Ms C Thomas, Director of Maths.