- make sure that pupils master basic number skills thoroughly in mathematics lessons and have effective strategies to recall essential number facts quickly and accurately;
- agree whole-school approaches to performing simple calculations;
- provide more opportunities for pupils to use numeracy skills, particularly number skills and numerical reasoning, in subjects across the curriculum;
- make sure that numeracy activities stretch pupils appropriately, including the more able;
- assess and track pupils’ progress in numeracy skills across the curriculum and use assessment information to plan better numeracy activities;
- design transitional primary/secondary school activities to support consistency and progression in pupils’ numeracy skills;
- provide opportunities for numeracy co-ordinators and mathematics departments to work together with other teachers to improve their knowledge, skills and confidence to develop pupils’ numeracy skills; and
- monitor and evaluate the impact of strategies for improving numeracy.
Local authorities and regional consortia should:
- support schools to help staff to improve their knowledge, skills and confidence to develop pupils’ numeracy through their subjects; and
- share best practice between schools.