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What is numeracy?

Mathematics gives students access to important mathematical ideas, knowledge and skills. Numeracy connects this learning with their personal and work lives.

Numeracy means understanding how maths is used in the real world and being able to apply it to make the best possible decisions.

At REACH School numeracy is embedded into all subjects, not just mathematics. We use numeracy in every aspect of our lives at work and in practical everyday activities at home and beyond. We use numeracy when we go shopping or plan a holiday, decide on a mortgage or decorate a room.

Our confidence and ability with numbers impacts us financially, socially, and professionally. It even affects our health and wellbeing. Poor numeracy can affect people’s confidence and self-esteem. It also has a massive effect on the economy of the country; an estimated £20.2 billion is lost to the UK through poor numeracy skills.

Mathematics gives students access to important mathematical ideas, knowledge and skills.  Numeracy connects this learning with their personal and work lives.

Numeracy across the curriculum

Being numerate involves more than mastering basic mathematics. Numeracy involves connecting the mathematics that students learn at school with the out-of-school situations that require the skills of problem solving, critical judgement, and sense-making related to applied contexts.

For our Numeracy Policy, please see our policy page.

For more information about our Maths curriculum 


Numeracy at REACH

Numeracy is embedded across the curriculum at REACH and with the addition of Functional Skills, we aim to work with all our students to improve their basic numeracy skills and application through our targeted curriculum:

  1. Attention to real-life contexts (citizenship, work, and personal and social life).

  2. Application of mathematical knowledge (problem solving, estimation, concepts, and skills)

  3. Use of tools (representational, physical, and digital including our BKSB platform)

  4.  The promotion of positive dispositions towards the use of mathematics to solve problems encountered in day-to-day life (confidence, flexibility, initiative, and risk)

Help and Support

As always the first point of contact is your child’s form tutor or Mathematics teacher.

Some pupils receive additional support from the inclusion department after they have been identified through various assessments.

Help and support doesn’t stop with the pupils. 30% of people wrongly believe that being good at maths is something you are born with, rather than a skill you can learn. If you identify with this statement or struggle to help your child with their homework then the National Numeracy Challenge could be suitable for you.

The National Numeracy Challenge is a free, online learning tool designed to help you improve your everyday Maths skills in manageable steps whilst building your confidence along the way. After taking an initial Check Up, the programme will create a personalised learning plan.

Join the 280,000 other adults who have registered to find out their numeracy level.

Click on the link to try it yourself today.


Understanding key vocabulary

For key phrases when helping your child with their homework please look at: