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‘Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways.’

Aston Community Education Trust is committed to raising the standards of numeracy of all of its students; we want them to be confident and capable in the use of numeracy to support their learning in all areas of the curriculum and to acquire the skills necessary to help achieve success in further education, employment and adult life.


Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and to think mathematically. This involves being able to make estimates, identify possibilities, weigh up different options and choose the most appropriate approach to tackle a problem. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands an understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.

Through the use of our Numeracy and Calculation Policy we aim to achieve the learning and teaching of shared mathematical understanding and methodologies so that students can be comfortable and confident in using their numeracy knowledge and skills across a range of subjects, in a variety of ways.