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Unlocking Numeracy for Support

Mike 'the Earl of' Hurl is a former classroom assistant and a former primary school teacher. Now, as a Senior Resource Consultant, alongside registering teachers and support staff, he also provides CPD around numeracy.

Unlocking Numeracy for Support

Mathematics is one of those areas in life where a lot of people lack confidence. I feel this stems from the traditional method of learning the third of the 3 Rs, ‘rithmetic. Back in the day it was a case of rote learning facts and some methods that lead to the ‘correct’ answer without necessarily developing an understanding of why these methods provide the right result.

There is now in primary schools a bigger push to helping pupils develop their understanding of how numbers work – their “number sense” if you will. Alongside the use of physical resources and increased vocabulary, one way we provide pupils with a better mathematical knowledge is the use of various staggered methods to calculate the solution to a problem.

Our course tailored for you

During this particular CPD course at Protocol Education, I spend 90 minutes or so showing our wonderful support staff these particular methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We take each operation in turn and work our way from (the current way of assessing pupils) Level 1 to Level 4 and relate these to the Key Stages these tend to be taught at. Even more excitingly, there are various opportunities to practice these methods whilst learning, so it’s almost like being back at school!

Why you should attend

Attending this course provides a number of benefits. I think it is great to see the progression children make in numeracy lessons, from counting to 10 using physical objects to using empty number lines to using the grid method and chunking method. It helps to know what the pupils you work with should have learnt and what they are supposed to be learning in the future. By referring to attainment levels as well as the Key Stage these methods are generally taught means that those working with lower attaining pupils are able to ensure these pupils are working with the relevant method for them. And hopefully by attending this course, mathematics is no longer as scary as it once was for those who may not have been taught in a way that allows for confidence when dealing with numbers.

Take a look at our CPD schedule to see when the next course is near you.


Mike has become a regular blogger for Protocol Education. Why not read another of his blogs:

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