Number Sense is a charity that supports maths learning in primary schools.

What is the need?

Many children fall behind in maths, find it difficult to catch up, and then develop a dislike of the subject.  This impacts their future learning and can even affect their prospects in life.

What do we do?

Number Sense provides one-to-one interventions in primary schools so that, through mathematical games and other fun activities with our trained in-school volunteers, children can build skills and confidence in maths.

What feedback have we received?

‘One of the best moments for me, as our school’s maths leader, was overhearing a child get called to his Number Sense intervention, and him cheering and saying that it was the best part of his day!’

Head of Maths at Number Sense partner school in London

Which children do we support?

Teachers have told us that the most effective time to intervene is with children aged six to eight (school Year 2 and Year 3), so we are focusing on this age range. The teachers choose the children.

How long is each session?

A trained volunteer spends 20 to 30 minutes with each child once or twice a week during the school day for a full school year, usually seeing three children on each visit.

For further details, please visit our In-school volunteers page.

How much does it cost the school?

We have seed funding to run a pilot in a few state primary schools in London during 2018-19 and 2019-20. So for this initial period, Number Sense is free to participating schools. After that, as we expand across London and nationwide, the majority of funding will be provided by donors, with the balance coming from a minimal cost per child charged to each school.

For further details, please visit our Become a Number Sense school page.