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Numeracy Catchup

“Leaving school with a good GCSE in maths is a prerequisite for progressing into quality jobs, apprenticeships, and further education. The skills we learn at school help us with everyday life too. Yet too many of our young people do not make the grade and, as a result, risk social and economic exclusion.”

Ensuring that our students who arrive at St Peter’s having not made age appropriate progress in mathematics are supported in making rapid progress is another key priority to ensure students have the skills and knowledge to support their future outcomes.

As part of the nurture provision and the broader maths curriculum students are supported through a mastery-based scheme of work that uses assessment to build on students existing knowledge and understanding.  In nurture they use supportive resources and manipulatives to help students engage with mathematical ideas.  There are clear structured interventions and additional support to improve transition between primary and secondary school so that students can go on to successfully access the mainstream curriculum.  Examples of specific strategies used in nurture include:

  • Small maths groups
  • Go at a slower pace
  • Lots of opportunity for repetition and revisiting
  • Lessons dedicated to learning times tables
  • Mental arithmetic practice
  • Use TAs to support lessons and do 1:1 such as Power of 2