Maths Interventions

Every Child Counts

    We are an ‘Every Child Counts’ school.  This means we have specially trained members of staff who deliver highly effective Maths intervention programmes.  We currently run Numbers Count and 1stClass@Number within school.

Every Child Counts aims to raise achievement in school mathematics at three levels, through:

  • Intensive, Numbers Count™ intervention support given by a specialist teacher to children who have the greatest difficulties in mathematics, to enable them to make accelerated progress and catch up with their peers.
  • Lighter touch 1stClass@Number™, intervention support given by a trained teaching assistant to children who have moderate difficulties in mathematics, to enable them to make accelerated progress and catch up with their peers  It is delivered by a teaching assistant to a group of up to 4 children outside the classroom, in addition to daily class mathematics lessons.
  • Wider support by the specialist Numbers Count teacher for the teaching and learning of mathematics across the whole school age range

What is Numbers Count?

Numbers Count is a programme that improves children’s mathematical skills.

If your child is in Years 1 – 6 and is working at a level below their classmates, they may be selected for a place on the Numbers Count programme. This means that they will receive intensive 1-to-1 or very small group support from a specially trained Numbers Count teacher.  The teacher will aim to accelerate your child’s learning so that they can work at or above the average level of their class.

At Parkhead our trained Numbers Counts teacher is Mrs Higgins.

Numbers Count focusses on improving mathematical skills and also helps to develop ways of learning that can be used in all subjects.

Key features of Numbers Count

  • The programme is different for every child. The teaching is specially designed and delivered by the Numbers Count teacher to meet each child’s individual needs.
  • A Numbers Count programme usually lasts for 12 weeks. Each child is assessed at the beginning and end of the programme to measure progress.
  • The sessions are highly interactive and practical, with an emphasis on mathematical language and vocabulary. Each child is encouraged to talk about how they do their mathematics.
  • Whilst each child is removed from their class for this intervention they will still have their daily mathematics lessons with their class teacher.
  • After 12 weeks of Numbers Count most children become more confident and independent, going on to make good progress; this is monitored.

 The role of Parents and Carers

Before starting Numbers Count, parents and carers are invited to meet the Numbers Count teacher. This is to explain the programme and to find out more about each child. It is important for parents and carers to help with any mathematics activity that the child brings home and to talk about it with them.



 What is 1stClass@Number?

1stClass@NumberTM is an innovative, highly effective mathematics intervention.  It is delivered by trained teaching assistants to small groups of children who have fallen behind at mathematics.  It helps them to get back on track and catch up with their peers. 

There are two versions:

  •      1stClass@Number for children at about Level 1C, mainly in Year 2
  •      1stClass@Number 2 for children at about Level 2C, mainly in Years 3 to 4

At Parkhead our trained 1stClass teaching assistants are Mrs Harle (Key Stage 1) and Mrs Peebles (Key Stage 2). 

Key features of 1stClass@Number

Every child has three 30-minute 1stClass@Number lessons per week for 12 – 15 weeks in a small group, while continuing to take part in their normal class mathematics lessons.

Teaching assistants work from detailed lesson plans, adapting them according to information gained from structured assessments. They help children to think and talk about their mathematics. 1stClass@Number has a Post Office theme: children use letters, parcels, postcards and house numbers to support their mathematics and write postcards to tell their class teachers about their achievements.