Tackling persistent difficulties with numeracy and maths

Follow this link for the updated practice paper on Persistent Difficulties with Numeracy and Maths:

Assessment and Strategies for Teaching Numeracy, Including Pupils with Numeracy Difficulties


In Highland we have found it hugely beneficial to work collaboratively with Highland Pyschological Services on addressing the needs of all children with numeracy and maths. You will see that this paper offers clear guidance on tackling persistent difficulties within these areas, incorporating the diagnostic assessments and resources already embedded within the Highland Numeracy Strategy.

The paper outlines The Highland Council Psychological Service approach to meeting the needs of children and young people learning numeracy, including those with persistent difficulties with numeracy, and aims to provide guidance regarding identification and intervention for pupils experiencing persistent difficulties with numeracy.

This numeracy report template can be used for reporting persistent difficulties and providing important background and contextual information for a child.

We would welcome any feedback on this paper and as always, please comment or email with your ideas or views.

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Read, Write, Count

Look out for the new Primary 4-7 Read, Write, Count Home Kits which will be delivered to schools in November.

These contain a range of numeracy items that can be borrowed by pupils to take home and explore:


There are also a range of books, many of which can be used to develop numeracy, as well as literacy.

A fantastic opportunity to build links with home and promote understanding of maths and numeracy as part of our daily lives!


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Highland Numeracy Progression Update

HNP Update

The Highland Numeracy Progression has now been updated in line with the final version of the Numeracy and Mathematics Benchmarks , published June 2017:

Highland Numeracy Progression Update September 2017

Throughout the Progression, core number Experiences and Outcomes have been bundled for each level,:


Links at each level to the Benchmarks document are included within the Progression for assessing and moderating progress and achievement of a level.

The numeracy and mathematics skills are also highlighted at each level, as these should be embedded within all learning and teaching in maths and numeracy.

All content within the Highland Numeracy Progression has now been cross checked and updated in line with the final version of the Benchmarks.

Please comment or email to share feedback!

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National Numeracy and Mathematics Resource Guide

Follow this link for an up to date guide to national resources for Maths and Numeracy:

Resource Guide August 2017


This is a really useful guide to numeracy and maths resources available on the Hub, Professional Learning Resources and links to national initiatives such as Read, Write, Count and Making Maths Count.

It also gives links to the Modules and Sessions area of the Hub, where recent broadcasts are available, including one highlighting practice here in Highland!


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Maths Week Scotland 2017!

MAths week

Maths Week Scotland 2017 is here!

Have a look at the Big Messages Maths Week aims to promote:

  • Maths skills, understanding and confidence are important for everyone.
  • Everyone can ‘do’ maths; it’s a way of learning and thinking that we all use and can develop.
  • Maths ‘is everywhere’ and relevant to day-to-day life and work – decision making, problem solving, budgeting, planning, assessing probability and risk, and many more.
  • Being confident about and enjoying maths is about commitment and learning. It’s not ‘a gift’; it’s something we can all acquire if we want to.
  • Parents and carers should recognise the value of maths and the ‘growth mindset’. An example of “growth mindset” can be found on Page 13 of the Making Maths Count report – here.  Parental encouragement and support for maths will help children and young people be resilient, persevere and have a go.
  • Teachers, parents and carers should model a positive attitude to maths and explore the relevance of maths in real life contexts.
  • Maths is accessible and achievable for all. It’s vital to challenge negative attitudes and consistently promote the value of maths skills for everyone.
  • Maths is a gateway into many different career paths and opportunities.
  • We can avoid ‘maths anxiety’ – Maths learning and success is about reasoning and accuracy, not speed, and it shouldn’t be rushed or pressured.
  • It’s vital that we raise awareness about the importance, beauty and relevance of maths, particularly as our society is becoming increasingly underpinned by science, technology and engineering and Maths provides the essential framework for life-changing advances in all of these fields.


Please send me details of ways your school is promoting these messages to share with others across Highland and beyond!



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Numeracy for Learning, Life and Work

Thank you to Justine Stewart and Laura McLean for showing me this fantastic resource:

Daily Rigour

Follow this  link for a free weekly numeracy newspaper: Daily Rigour

A brilliant resource for developing and applying numeracy skill in different contexts, as well as promoting the importance of numeracy and mathematics in daily life!

I also love the free interactive templates, where children can research and write their own numeracy  news stories – what a fantastic way to link numeracy and literacy in a relevant and meaningful context.

An ideal resource to use for Maths Week Scotland taking place next week!

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Key Messages for Schools

Follow this link for key messages for schools from interim HM Chief Inspector of Education, Graeme Logan:

Key Messages for Schools

There are three key messages:

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Have a look at the Diagnostic Assessments and Planning and Tracking Progress pages for helpful resources to support this cycle in numeracy.

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