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Numeracy

Leeds East Academy is committed to delivering a vibrant and engaging curriculum which produces the highest possible outcomes for each and every child. 

What is Numeracy?

By numeracy we mean the ability to use mathematics in everyday life.

Being numerate means having the confidence and skill to use numbers and mathematical approaches in all aspects of life - at work, in practical everyday activities at home and beyond, as consumers, in managing our finances, as parents helping our children learn, as patients making sense of health information, as citizens understanding the world about us. We have worked with experts to define these as the Essentials of Numeracy.

Numeracy complements Literacy and is sometimes called ‘mathematical literacy’. Both skills are needed in order to function fully in modern life.

Being numerate means being able to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts, to apply these in a range of contexts and to solve a variety of problems. Being numerate is as much about thinking and reasoning logically as about ‘doing sums’.

It means being able to:

  • Interpret data, charts and diagrams
  • Process information
  • Solve problems
  • Check answers
  • Understand and explain solutions
  • Make decisions based on logical thinking and reasoning.

Numeracy at LEA

Leeds East Academy provides a whole school approach to numeracy that strives to upskill both students and staff, providing opportunities to develop mathematical skills across the curriculum and in our extra-curricular offer.

Rationale: Adults with poor numeracy skills are twice as likely to be unemployed as those who are competent, and 17 million adults in the UK have numeracy skills below those needed for the lowest grade at GCSE. It is essential that we ensure all students leave our academy fully numerate to enable the security of future prosperity.

ACROSS THE ACADEMY 

Aim

To embed numeracy within every subject, creating links between topics and exploring numeracy in real-world contexts.

  • Core numeracy skills will be assessed iteratively at the start of every maths lesson.
  • Subject specific numeracy posters will be displayed in every classroom.
  • All schemes of work in all subject areas will clearly signpost links to numeracy within each topic.
  • Mathematical language, questions and reasoning will be used in subjects where links to numeracy are present.
  • Real world applications of numeracy will be included in lessons and displayed around the maths department.
  • Coordination with the Additional Needs Team to ensure a consistent approach to numeracy for those with varying needs (EAL/SEND).

 HIGH EXPECTATIONS

Aim

All staff to be upskilled and deliver a consistent and knowledgeable approach to numeracy in all curriculum areas.

  • Calculation policy shared with all staff to ensure a consistent approach to numeracy across the curriculum.
  • CPD for all teaching colleagues on areas of numeracy that appear in different subjects will be delivered so that all teachers are teachers of numeracy.
  • Beginner Teachers will receive additional bespoke numeracy CPD.
  • Staff will be trained on how to correctly use mathematical language, questioning, and how to develop reasoning skills through constructing and verbalising arguments.
  • Bespoke schemes of learning will be developed with primary specialists to ensure students accessing other provisions within school receive appropriate teaching.

HIGH CHALLENGE

Aim

To create a love for numeracy and inspire students to continue studying maths and other STEM subjects in further, and higher, education.

  • Numeracy Day is celebrated with whole school involvement.
  • Clubs for STEM and the UKMT Maths Challenge will be run by maths and science teachers.
  • Maths Inspiration lectures will be attended by Year 11 students.
  • Enrichment activities from external agencies will be available to all students throughout the year.
  • Visits to colleges and universities to promote careers in STEM will take place.
  • National ‘Puzzle of the week’ will be available in the maths department.

HIGH SUPPORT

Aim

All students are provided with any necessary support and scaffolding to enable strong progress.

  • Data collection will take place to identify students with numeracy levels lower than their age group.
  • Students in Years 7 and 8 in the catch up funding cohort will receive specialised support and additional scaffolding in lessons to ensure gaps are closed. Progress will be tracked through assessments and data collections.
  • Form time and Everyone Exceptional intervention schedule to support key Stage 4 students.
  • Referral to the Additional Needs Team/SENDCo.