Numeracy is the ability to work with numbers to solve problems in real-life situations for example money, wages, timetables, measurements, interpreting graphs and charts and using spread sheets. Numeracy is therefore a concrete and useful concept.
There is a natural crossover between Numeracy and Mathematics: all Mathematics lessons contain Numeracy, however, Numeracy needs to be taught consistently well across all subjects to help our students get the best start in life.
A whole school Numeracy Policy exists to secure high standards in numeracy across the school. It sets out the school’s approach to the teaching of agreed numeracy skills to provide cross-curricular consistency and a basis against which progress can be judged.
Teachers of all subjects have regard for the whole school numeracy policy in their planning of lessons and use and explain mathematical vocabulary whenever it will enhance students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of the topic. Students are encouraged to make mental calculations and estimations when it is sensible to do so and the use the four rules of number is emphasised. Accurate measurement and use of appropriate units of measurement is a feature of lessons and correct use and interpretation of graphs or charts is expected in all subjects.
Department handbooks and schemes of work contain copies of the whole school Numeracy Policy and identify topics/areas requiring numeracy skills.
The school expects all students to bring their own scientific calculator to lessons when required. Students are encouraged to resort first to mental methods and to have sufficient understanding of the calculation to decide the most appropriate method: mental, pencil and paper or calculator. Students are taught the technical skills required to use the basic facilities of a calculator constructively and efficiently.
All classrooms have a Numeracy poster on displayed which shows methods for approaching any problem involving numbers and this corresponds with the Numeracy page in student planners.
Monitoring and evaluation is through regular review and moderation of students’ work; monitoring of schemes of work in all subjects for numeracy opportunities; evaluation of KS3 levels, GCSE results, teacher assessments and other standardised assessments; observations of the quality of teaching; regular review of resources; student surveys and the involvement of the named governor responsible for monitoring Numeracy.