Numeracy in Deans Community High School


Numeracy is an essential life skill for all students. Students need to be confident and competent in their numeracy skills to be able to function responsibly in everyday life and cope in the world of work. All staff and departments have responsibility for promoting the development of numeracy in their subjects, using numeracy skills in ways that are relevant to the students so that they are more motivated to learn these skills and understand why they matter.


All staff and departments are familiar with, the  ‘Numeracy Outcomes and Experiences’ documents from A Curriculum for Excellence which give examples where each different subject can incorporate teaching and learning of numeracy skills in their everyday lessons, or as part of a collaborative project across different departments.


Numeracy skills are embedded into all lessons in an everyday context as part of the ethos and life of the school. 


Students should be confident in using the skills of numeracy in different aspects of life and work. General contexts of the types of numeracy skills are:

Managing money and financial planning

Understanding and managing earnings, benefits and credit

Managing a budget in a household and work-related situations

Measuring, estimating, rounding and calculating

Reading timetables, calculating distances and journey times, reading maps

Understanding and working with time - centuries, decades, years, months, days, hours, minutes and seconds as well as durations of time.

Interpreting information from a variety of graphs, charts and tables

Use of percentages, fractions and mental strategies in a variety of contexts



In Deans Community High School all S1 and S2 students have access to Mathletics. This brilliant online tool has endless Numeracy and Mathematical practice and use at home and in school is widely encouraged. Students have their usernames and passwords and use it regularly in class.   



We have also produced a Numeracy Skills and Techniques Guide for Staff, Students and Parents who are looking for assistance with their Numeracy and basic Maths skills.  The booklet is uploaded below.



The Eight Areas of Emphasis

Education Scotland has recently issued guidance and a Professional Learning Resource which splits Numeracy and Mathematic Skills into eight areas of emphasis.

Linking Mathematical Concepts

Mental Agility

Mathematical Vocabulary and Notation

Interpreting Questions

Select and communicate processes and solutions

Justify choice of strategy used

Algebraic Reasoning

Determining the reasonableness of a solution

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