Every Child Counts
In May 2007 Gordon Brown announced that the government planned to follow up the success of the Every Child a Reader initiative, which has reading recovery at its heart by launching a matching numeracy programme called Every Child Counts.
What is Numbers Count?
Numbers Count is a numeracy intervention. Numbers Count Teachers provide intensive individual support to the lowest attaining children in mathematics from Year 1 to Year 3.
Numbers Count has been developed as a part of Every Child Counts initiative. It is a response to the Every Child Matters, to a growing awareness that some children need early and intensive support in order to maximise their progress and close attainment gaps, and to a growing understanding of the nature of effective mathematics intervention.
Numbers Count draws upon recommendations from the Williams Review, upon lessons learned from existing intervention programmes and upon findings from the Every Child Counts research phase.
How is it structured?
Children are taught individually or some in small groups of 2 or 3. They can be taught every day and have from 40 – 60 sessions. Each numbers count lesson begins with a positive start which may be a familiar activity that the child has chosen. This is followed by counting activities. The next part of the session consists of 2 learning activities where the main teaching takes place. The objectives are directly linked to the child’s learning plan which has been drawn up by the Numbers Count Teacher during the initial assessment phase. After this, the session ends positively, it may be another game the child likes or a planned game that the teacher has chosen. Then both teacher and child reflect together about the lesson. At the end of the sessions an assessment is completed to ascertain progress made and the children are continued to be monitored.